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Aneilema acuminatum

Family

Commelinaceae

Botanical Name

Aneilema acuminatum R.Br.

Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae: 270. Type: ?.

Stem

Weak and slender fleshy herb with ascending branches up to 40 cm tall.

Leaves

Leaf blades 30-80 x 12-25 mm, upper surface minutely scabrous; 'petiole' forming a sheath 10-20 mm long around the stem, ciliate at the oraface, free part of the petiole 6-12 mm long. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade sparsely clothed in hairs.

Flowers

Inflorescence 8-10 cm long; pedicels about 8 mm long, flowers 8-10 mm diam. Sepals 3-4 x 1 mm, translucent with purple margins Petals 4-8 x 3.5 mm. Anthers dimorphic, two large and brown about 1.25 mm long, filaments about 2 mm long and one large yellow anther about 1.5 mm long, filament about 1.5 mm long. Pollen yellow. Staminodes 1-1.2 x 1-1.2 mm on very fine filaments. Style about 5 mm long.

Fruit

Fruit enclosed in sepals, flattened, 3-4 mm long, glossy, remains of style present. Pale gray and rugose

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CQ and NSW. Altitudinal range from 5-1020 m. Grows in rainforest, riparian forest, notophyll vine forest and in open Eucalypt forest.

CYP

X

NEQ

X

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)

X

RFK Code

4033