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Bobea myrtoides

Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

Bobea myrtoides (F.Muell.) Valeton

Valeton, T. (1909) Bulletin du Department de l'Agriculture aux Indes Neerlandaises 26: 7. Type: ?.

Synonyms

Antirhea myrtoides (F.Muell.) F.M.Bailey, The Queensland Flora 3: 760(1900), Type: ?. Matthiola myrtoides (F.Muell.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 1: 288(1891), Type: ?. Guettarda myrtoides F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 9: 184(1875), Type: Ad oram Rockinghams Bay; Dallachy..

Stem

Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Blaze darkening on exposure.

Leaves

Stipules triangular, about 3 mm long, tapering to a fine point. Leaf blades about 4-11.5 x 1.6-5 cm. Domatia, if present, are foveoles with a small opening. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the blade margin. When held up to the light, the finer veins in the leaf blade show a pattern resembling that of ploughed fields on an aerial photograph.

Flowers

Corolla tube about 8-10 mm long, the lobes about 1.5-2 mm. Lower half of the corolla tube clothed in numerous, +/- prostrate, white hairs on the outer surface.

Fruit

Fruiting peduncles about 2-5 cm long. Fruit about 1-1.4 x 0.8-1 cm.

Seedlings

Cotyledons obovate or elliptic, about 6-7 x 4 mm, upper surface with a few scattered hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: petiole clothed in pale hairs; stipules densely covered in pale hairs.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from 600-1400 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed upland and mountain rain forest.

NEQ

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

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Tree

X

RFK Code

239