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Denhamia sp. Jardine River (B.P.Hyland 10250)

Family

Celastraceae

Botanical Name

Denhamia sp. Jardine River (B.P.Hyland 10250)

() : . Type: ?.

Stem

Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub 2-5 m tall.

Leaves

Leaves blades glabrous, about 6.5-7.5 x 2-2.5 cm. Lateral veins not forming distinct loops inside the blade margin. Reticulate veins quite prominent. Petiole quite short, about 0.3-0.4 cm long, +/- ridged on the upper surface, glabrous.

Flowers

Sepals about 1 mm long. Petals about 2 mm long. Staminal filaments fused near the base forming a ring around the ovary. Ovules about 5 or 6 per locule. Style about 0.5 mm long. Stigma very shortly 3-lobed at the apex.

Fruit

Fruit about 2-2.5 x 1.2 cm. Seeds about 6 x 3-4 mm completely enclosed in the large fleshy aril. Cotyledons more or less orbicular, much wider than the short radicle.

Seedlings

Cotyledons elliptical, about 15-20 x 9-10 mm, petiole very short. First pair of leaves with sparsely toothed margins. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade margins dentate-crenate with 1 or 2 teeth on either side. Stipules small and inconspicuous. Bark on the taproot orange in colour.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to CYP(?). Altitudinal range very small, only found close to sea level. Grows in beach forest and vine thickets.

CYP

X

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

X

RFK Code

3255