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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright A. Ford & F. Goulter
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Laportea interrupta (L.) Chew
Chew, W.L. (1965) The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 21: 200. Type: ?.
Fleurya interrupta (L.) Wight, Icon. Pl. 6: 10(1853), Type: ?. Urtica interrupta L., Species Plantarum: 985(1753), Type: Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Hermann; holo: BM. Fide W. L.Chew (1989).
Usually flowers and fruits as a herb but sometimes attains the height of a shrub.
Inflorescence to 30 cm long. Tepals about 1-1.5 mm long. Male flowers: Flowers less than 1 mm diam., on a pedicel about 1 mm long. Stamens inflexed in the bud. Pollen white. Female flowers: Flowers sessile, ovary about 0.75 mm long. Stigma split into three processes.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 3-5 mm diam. First pair of leaves ovate, 3-veined, margin crenate with about 3-6 teeth on each side. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade sparsely clothed in broad-based stinging hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate, apex acuminate, variable in size with about 13-20 rounded teeth on each side. Each tooth ending in 1 or 2 hairs forming an aristate tip. Lateral veins and midrib depressed on the upper surface. Petioles about 15-25 mm long. Stipules filiform but broad based, about 3-5 mm long, each pair fused together. 'Oil dots' minute, visible with a lens.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in NT, CYP, NEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from sea level to 800 m. Grows in monsoon forest and vine thickets. Also occurs in Asia, Malesia and the islands of the south west Pacific.
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A14784.htm)
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)