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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Freycinetia percostata Merr. & L.M.Perry
Merrill, E.D. & Perry, L.M. (1939) Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 20: 159. Type: New Guinea, Middle Fly River, Lake Daviumbu, Sept. 1936, Brass 7860; holo: A.
Climbing Pandan; Pandan, Climbing
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm. Adventitious roots present on most parts of the vine stem.
Leaf blades about 50-60 x 2-2.5 cm long, margins finely toothed throughout their entire length. Venation longitudinal and parallel, not obvious on the upper surface but more pronounced on the lower surface. Auricles present, the margins serrate. Lower surface of the leaf blades glabrous. Midrib armed with teeth on the underside of the leaf blade.
First shoot (coleoptile?) about 1.5 mm long with seed remaining attached. First shoot much narrower than the first leaves. First leaves shortly ensiform, apex acute, midrib but no other venation visible.
Distribution and Ecology
This species has some potential for planting in tropical gardens. The plants would need to be trained to grow up a sturdy tree. Flowers are small but produced within very showy red bracts.