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Diplatia tomentosa

Family

Loranthaceae

Botanical Name

Diplatia tomentosa Barlow

Barlow, B.A. (1966) Australian J. Botany 14: 488. Type: Queensland, near Rocky Point, 22 May 1964, B.A. Barlow 753; Holo: AD; Iso: BRI.

Stem

Epicortical runners absent. Stems attached to a globose structure about 7-13 cm diam.

Leaves

Leaf blades thick and brittle, cracking along a straight line when bent back on themselves. Leaf blades about 8.5-12.5 x 2-3 cm, petioles about 0.3-1 cm long. Leaf blades 5-(-7) veined, the venation not obvious in mature leaf blades but generally visible in young leaf blades.

Flowers

Inflorescence consists of a pedunculate head of two sessile triads enclosed by two large foliaceous bracts, each bract about 20-30 x 16-21 mm. Peduncle about 5-8 mm long. Free calyx about 0.5 mm long, irregularly lobed. Corolla about 25-32 mm long. Anthers about 3-3.5 mm long, staminal filaments about 5-6 mm long. Disk fleshy, surrounding the base of the style. Ovary about 1.5 mm long, densely clothed in white hairs. Style about 25-29 mm long.

Fruit

Clusters of fruits enclosed in large leafy bracts about 20-30 x 16-20 mm. Fruits clothed in hairs, each fruit about 10-12 x 8 mm with the calyx remnants (about 2 mm long) persistent at the apex. Seeds immersed in a sticky, transparent mucilage. Seeds about 7-8 x 5-6 mm with 5 branched longitudinal stripes visible on the surface. Endosperm pale green. Embryo darker green and about 5 mm long. Cotyledons difficult to distinguish, +/- fused together, about 3 mm long. Cotyledons slightly wider than the radicle.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland. Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 600 m. Commonly found as a parasite of Melaleuca spp. in open forest and on rain forest margins.

Natural History

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

CYP

X

NEQ

X

Epiphyte

X

RFK Code

6049