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Female flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and female flowers. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Alchornea rugosa (Lour.) Mull.Arg.
Mueller Argoviensis, J. (1865) Linnaea 34: 170. Type: ?.
Cladodes rugosa Lour., Fl. Cochinch.: 574(1790), Type: Vietnam.
A small tree seldom exceeding 20 cm dbh, often flowering and fruiting as a shrub.
About 2-5 flat glands normally visible near the base on the underside of the leaf blade on each side of the midrib. Leaf blades about 6.5-14 x 3-6.5 cm. Small oil dots visible with a lens. Domatia are inconspicuous tufts of hairs. Midrib raised on the upper surface.
Male flowers: Flowers in spikes, fascicles and panicles, branches about 10-20 cm or more long. Female flowers: Flowers in spikes or racemes about 10-15 cm long. Stigmas linear-subulate, often recurved at the apex.
Distribution and Ecology
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A831.htm)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)