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Amyema plicatula (K.Krause) Danser

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Danser, B.H. (1929) Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg Series 3 10(3): 298.


Aerial stem-parasitic shrub. Short epicortical runners present.


Leaf blades elliptic to obovate, about 5.5-11 x 3-8 cm, without any obvious venation. Leaves usually oposite, sometimes in whorls of 3 to 4. Petioles very short, about 0.4-0.8 cm long.


Flowers produced in pedunculate umbels with 2-5 rays of diads or triads. Primary peduncle about 12-20 mm long, peduncle in the umbels about 5-10 mm long. Flowers sessile. Calyx lobes nil or inconspicuous. Calyx limb about 0.5-1 mm long. Corolla lobes red, about 20-23 x 8-10 mm. Anthers about 3 mm long, anther filaments about 8 mm long. Ovary about 2-3 mm long. Style about 20 mm long.


Fruits ellipsoid to obovoid, 7-10 mm long, calyx limb and style often persistent at the apex.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ at an altitude of 1000 m. Known only from a single collection in NEQ. Also occurs in northern NSW with no known occurences in between. Also found in New Guinea. Barlow (1992).

Amyema scandens subsp. plicatula (K.Krause) Barlow, Australian Journal of Botany 22(3): 588(1974). Loranthus plicatulus K.Krause, Nova Guinea 14: 102(1923), Type: 641 (holo.: L; iso.: K, U), New Guinea, Mamberamo R., Pionierbivak, 70 m, 16.vii.1920.
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