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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
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Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Dischidia ovata Benth.
Bentham, G. (1843) Hooker's London Journal of Botany 2: 226. Type: New Guinea, Hinds; holo: K.
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.
Leaves, twigs and petioles produce a milky exudate. Leaf blades thick and fleshy, about 20-50 x 12-31 mm, petioles about 2-5 mm long. Lateral veins pale, usually two or three on each side of the midrib. One or two colleters (small finger-shaped glands) present on the upper surface of the midrib close to its junction with the petiole.
Inflorescence a simple or two-branched raceme on a short peduncle. Flowers urn-shaped, about 7 x 4 mm. Sepals about 1 x 1.5 mm. Corolla lobes about 2-2.5 mm long. Throat of corolla hairy. Stamens fused into a column about 2 x 1 mm. Pollen aggregated in pollinia. Each anther ornamented with a large bifid appendage. Carpel about 1 mm long. Ovules numerous.
Fruit about 60-65 x 3 mm. Seeds brown, numerous. Each seed about 2-2.5 x 0.5-0.75 mm, plumed at one end, the plumes white, about 20-25 mm long. Embryo greenish, about 2 mm long, cotyledons about 1 mm long.
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An interesting plant that has potential in horticulture for the attractive leaves.