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Fruit. Copyright G. Sankowsky
Male flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves, Fruit. Copyright G. Sankowsky
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, Epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Actephila longipedicellata P.I.Forst.
Forster, P.I. (2005) Austrobaileya 7: 78. Type: Queensland, Garraway Creek rockpiles, 16 Apr. 1988, P.I. Forster PIF 4227. Holo: BRI. Iso: DNA, KEP, SAN, SAR.
Actephila sp. (Claudie River BH 7803), : (), Type: ?.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-3 m tall.
Flowers about 9-12 mm diam., pedicels slender, about 40 mm long. Outer tepals (or sepals) ovate, about 10 x 4 mm. Inner tepals (or petals) obtuse, about 3 x 1.5 mm. Male flowers: Flowers about 7 mm diam. Sepals about 3 mm long. Petals about 1.5 mm long. Staminal filaments about 2.5 mm long. Female flowers: Flowers about 10-12 mm diam. Sepals about 4-4.5 mm long. Petals about 1.5-2 mm long. Ovary seated on an entire fleshy disk with an undulate surface and margin. Ovules 2 per locule. Styles three, about 2-3 mm long, fused towards the base. Each style branch shortly bifid at the apex.
Fruits about 20-35 mm diam., calyx persistent at the base. Pedicels slender, about 40 mm long. Seeds about 11 x 10 mm. Cotyledons folded or rolled, much larger than the radicle. Radicle about 4 x 1.5 mm.
Cotyledons orbicular or almost square, about 20-30 mm diam., apex truncate or obtuse to slightly emarginate, base cordate to auriculate. Venation complex with 3-5 veins radiating from the base if the midrib is included. The midrib divides into two equal branches further up the cotyledon and each of these branches also divides so that there is no obvious connection between the midrib and the cotyledon margin. First pair of leaves obovate, ovate-elliptic, apex acuminate (tip blunt), base +/- cuneate, midrib raised on the upper surface, margins entire. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves pseudowhorled, leaf blade obovate to elliptic, about 12 x 5 cm, apex acute, base attenuate. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Stipules broadly triangular, about 2 mm long.
Distribution and Ecology
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)