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Actephila venusta

Family

Phyllanthaceae

Botanical Name

Actephila venusta P.I.Forst.

Forster, P.I. (2005) Austrobaileya 7: 89. Type: Queensland, Possum Scrub, 8 Dec. 1993, P.I. Forster PIF 14372. Holo: BRI. Iso: A, AD, Canb< DNA, K, L, MEL, NSW.

Synonyms

Actephila sp. (Lockerbie WWC 817), : (), Type: ?.

Stem

Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-4 m tall.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 5.5-12 x 3-6 cm, petioles about 0.9-2.2 cm long. Lateral veins forming indistinct loops inside the blade margin.

Flowers

Flowers about 6-7 mm diam. Pedicels about 10 mm long.

Fruit

Fruits about 13 mm diam. Seeds about 10 mm diam. Cotyledons rolled, longer and wider than the radicle.

Seedlings

Cotyledons orbicular or quadrangular, about 25-35 mm diam. Cotyledons 5-veined at the base, base cordate. First pair of leaves sub-opposite, elliptic, margins smooth. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to obovate, lateral veins forming indistinct loops inside the blade margins. Stipules triangular, about 1-2 mm long, margins fimbriate. Stem lenticels pale brown, elongated vertically. Leaves produced in whorl-like clusters. Terminal buds enclosed in overlapping bracts.

Distribution and Ecology

Perhaps endemic to Australia, occurs in NT and CYP. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 500 m. Grows as an understory plant in well developed rain forest and monsoon forest.

NT

X

CYP

X

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)

X

RFK Code

3512