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Amyema plicatula

Family

Loranthaceae

Botanical Name

Amyema plicatula (K.Krause) Danser

Danser, B.H. (1929) Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg Series 3 10(3): 298. Type: ?.

Synonyms

Amyema scandens subsp. plicatula (K.Krause) Barlow, Australian Journal of Botany 22(3): 588(1974), Type: ?. Loranthus plicatulus K.Krause, Nova Guinea 14: 102(1923), Type: 641 (holo.: L; iso.: K, U), New Guinea, Mamberamo R., Pionierbivak, 70 m, 16.vii.1920.

Stem

Short epicortical runners present.

Leaves

Leaf blades elliptic to obovate, about 5.5-11 x 3-8 cm, without any obvious venation. Leaves usually oposite, sometimes in whorls of 3 to 4. Petioles very short, about 0.4-0.8 cm long.

Flowers

Flowers produced in pedunculate umbels with 2-5 rays of diads or triads. Primary peduncle about 12-20 mm long, peduncle in the umbels about 5-10 mm long. Flowers sessile. Calyx lobes nil or inconspicuous. Calyx limb about 0.5-1 mm long. Corolla lobes red, about 20-23 x 8-10 mm. Anthers about 3 mm long, anther filaments about 8 mm long. Ovary about 2-3 mm long. Style about 20 mm long.

Fruit

Fruits ellipsoid to obovoid, 7-10 mm long, calyx limb and style often persistent at the apex.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ at an altitude of 1000 m. Known only from a single collection in NEQ. Also occurs in northern NSW with no known occurences in between. Also found in New Guinea. Barlow (1992).

NEQ

X

Epiphyte

X

RFK Code

6050