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Callerya sp. Barratt Creek (G.Sankowsky 428)



Botanical Name

Callerya sp. Barratt Creek (G.Sankowsky 428)

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Vine stem diameters to 7 cm recorded. Exudate rather slow to appear.


Compound leaves pinnate usually with about 7 leaflets. Leaflet blades about 3.4-6 x 1.7-3.2 cm, leaflet stalks about 0.3-0.4 cm long. 'Stalk' of the terminal leaflet longer than those of the lateral leaflets. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Stipules persistent, narrowly triangular, about 2-4 mm long. Stipels present. Compound leaf rhachis shallowly channelled on the upper surface.


Inflorescence up to 25 cm long, clothed in hairs. Calyx outer surface clothed in prostrate hairs. Petals: standard about 13 x 15 mm, mainly purple except for a triangular yellow patch at the base; wings obovate, about 11 mm long; keel about 11 mm long. Stamens 10. The filaments of nine stamens fused to form a tube open on one side. One stamen free. Ovary densely clothed in hairs. Ovules about five to seven.


Fruits about 10 x 4 cm, constricted between the seeds. Seeds about 26 x 21 mm. Hilum obvious, extending from the base to the apex of the seed. Cotyledons +/- fused together.


Numerous (about 15) cataphylls produced before the first pair of true leaves. First three true leaves trifoliolate, subsequent leaves pinnate with five to seven leaflets. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades elliptic, apex acute, base cordate, terminal leaflet larger and on a larger stalk than the lateral leaflets. Leaflets mainly glabrous except for the midrib which is hairy on both the upper and lower surfaces and raised on the upper surface. Stipules hairy, linear, about 2.5 mm long. Stipels absent.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Known only from collections made on the Daintree River system. Altitudinal range very small, the collections all being made close to sea level. Grows in riparian rain forest close to fresh water and just above the tide level.





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