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Diplatia furcata

Family

Loranthaceae

Botanical Name

Diplatia furcata Barlow

Barlow, B.A. (1962) Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 87: 57. Type: Queensland, Burnett District, Dallarnil, 28 Dec. 1939, L.S. Smith 624; Holo: BRI.

Stem

Epicortical runners present or absent.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 2.2-5.5 x 0.3-1.5 cm, petioles about 0.1-0.5 cm long. Venation not obvious, midrib not visible. Leaves tend to be produced in pseudowhorls on the lateral short shoots.

Flowers

Flowers borne in a pedunculate head of two sessile triads +/- enclosed in two large foliaceous bracts (14-22 x 8-16 mm). Bracts shorter than the flowers. Peduncle about 7-25 mm long, dilated and flattened at the apex. Calyx about 0.7 mm long, without lobes. Corolla about 18-28 mm long. Anthers about 2-3 mm long, staminal filaments about 10-12 mm long. Ovary about 5 mm long. Styles about 28-30 mm long. No locules or ovules visible in the ovary.

Fruit

Groups of fruits, generally 4, subtended by two large bracts each about 17-25 x 13-17 mm. Fruits ovoid, ellipsoidal, about 8-10 x 6 mm. Seeds green, about 6-9 x 4-5 mm, surface ribbed. Ribs 5, longitudinal. Pericarp sticky, oily and/or resinous. Endosperm green. Embryo straight, about 4.5-5 x 1 mm. Cotyledons fused together. Radicle globular.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia. Occurs in NT, CYP, NEQ and southwards as far as southeastern Queensland. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level. Usually parasitic on open forest trees but also found on myrtaceous species in vine thicket.

Natural History

Food plant for the larval stage of the Scarlet Jezabel and Sapphire Azure Butterflies. Braby, M. (2000).

NT

X

CYP

X

NEQ

X

Epiphyte

X

RFK Code

6026