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Desmos polycarpus

Family

Annonaceae

Botanical Name

Desmos polycarpus Jessup

Jessup, L.W. (2007) Flora of Australia 2: 447. Type: Queensland, Cultivated at Indooroopilly, (originally from Mossman River),Dec. 1994, L.W. Jessup 920. Holo: BRI.

Synonyms

Desmos sp. (Mossman River LWJ 550), : (), Type: ?.

Stem

Grows into a tree-top vine, stem diameters to 5 cm recorded. Bark aromatic or spicy when cut or bruised. Brown or dark fibrous stripes visible in the blaze.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 8-16 x 3-6 cm, petioles about 0.4-0.8 cm long, +/- flat on the upper surface. Leaf blades much paler on the underside. Lateral veins about 8-12 on each side of the midrib. Oak grain in the twigs or expanded rays in the bark?

Flowers

Flowers about 4-5 cm diam., +/- odourless, pedicels about 5.5-7.5 cm long with a small bract on the lower half. Sepals about 1.5-1.7 cm long. Petals 3 + 3, in two whorls, outer petals about 5.5 cm long, inner petals about 4.7 cm long. Stamens numerous, anthers hooded, sessile, about 2 mm long. Carpels about 100, hairy, about 3 mm long. Ovules 6 per carpel. Stigma globose, sticky.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to CYP & NEQ. Altitudinal range uncertain, but appears to extend from near sea level to about 100 m. Grows in well developed lowland or gallery rain forest.

Natural History

Food plant for the larval stages of the Fourbar Swordtail, Green Spotted Triangle and the Pale Green Triangle Butterflies. Sankowsky & Neilsen (2000).

NEQ

X

Vine

X

RFK Code

2224