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Hypserpa smilacifolia

Family

Menispermaceae

Botanical Name

Hypserpa smilacifolia Diels

Diels, F.L.E. (1910) Das Pflanzenreich 46: 208. Type: Queensland, Rockingham Bay, 28 July 1868, J.Dallachy s. n. Holo: B.

Synonyms

Hypserpa reticulata Forman, Kew Bulletin 37(3): 372(1982), Type: Queensland, State Forest Reserve 185, Noel L.A., 17 10 S, 145 35 E, 3 Oct. 1977, Dockrill 1393; holo: K. Iso: BRI, QRS.

Stem

Vine stem diameters to 11 cm recorded. Concentric rings of included bark? visible in the wood of the stem transverse sections. Blaze darkens markedly and quickly on exposure.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 6.5-12 x 2.1-7 cm, petioles about 1-3.5 cm long. Leaf blades thick and leathery. Lateral veins translucent. Juvenile leaves hastate at the base. Oak grain in the twigs.

Flowers

Male flowers: Inflorescence about 2-3 cm long, six to ten-flowered. Flowers about 6-7 mm diam. Sepals six or seven, each about 3-3.5 x 2 mm. Petals five or six, each about 1-1.2 x 1 mm. Stamens nine or ten, clavate, about 1 mm long.

Fruit

Fruits about 11-12 x 9 x 8 mm. Endocarp quite tough and hard to cut. Seeds horseshoe-shaped. Embryo features not available.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from 650-1250 m. Grows in upland and mountain rain forest.

NEQ

X

Vine

X

RFK Code

2034