Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Amyema glabra (Domin) Danser

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Danser, B.H. (1929) Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 10: 295.


Aerial stem-parasitic shrub. Epicortical runners absent.


Leaf blades quite brittle, about 2.5-6 x 1.5-3.5 cm, petioles short, up to 0.2 cm long or absent. Venation not very obvious on either surface, leaf blades 3-5-veined.


Flowers borne in triads, the central flower sessile, the lateral flowers pedicellate. Triads in 2-rayed umbels. Rays of umbels about 4-8 mm long. Primary peduncle about 8-18 mm long. Calyx about 0.5-1 mm long, without lobes. Corolla about 24-30 mm long. Anthers about 1.5-2.5 mm long, staminal filaments about 9-15 mm long. Disk shallow, 5-lobed, surrounding the base of the style. Ovary about 1-1.5 mm long. Style about 23-30 mm long, stigma small, globular.


Ripe fruits about 9-10 x 6-7 mm. Seed pyriform, about 8 x 4 mm. Endosperm green. Embryo about 5 mm long, radicle about 1 mm long, tuberculate. Cotyledons appressed together but discrete.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 900 m. Usually found as a parasite of rain forest plants. Occasionally on cultivated plants.

Loranthus glaber Domin, Biblioth. Bot. 89: 55(1921), Type: Queensland, Carpet Creek near Harveys Creek, Jan. 1910, K. Domin 3622; Holo: PR. Loranthus obliquus Blakely, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 47: 393(1922), Type: Queensland, Johnstone River, T.L. Bancroft; Holo: NSW. Amyema Obliquum (Blakely) Danser, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 10: 297(1929).
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