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Amyema villiflora (Domin) Barlow subsp. villiflora

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Fruit [not vouchered]. CC-BY J.L. Dowe

Barlow, B.A. (1966) Australian Journal Botany 14: 485.


Aerial stem-parasitic shrub. Epicortical runners absent. Twigs quite brittle.


Leaf blades sometimes pink to reddish on the upper surface. Leaf blades thick and fleshy, brittle, breaking along a straight line when bent back on themselves. Leaf blades about 3.5-8 x 1-4 cm, petioles about 0.7-1.2 cm long. Venation not obvious on either surface.


Flowers borne in triads, the central flower +/- sessile, the lateral flowers shortly pedicellate. Triads in 2-rayed umbels. Rays of umbels about 4 mm long. Primary peduncle about 15 mm long. Calyx and corolla clothed in stellate scales or hairs. Calyx about 1 mm long, entire or 5-lobed. Corolla about 18-25 mm long. Anthers about 1.5-2 mm long, staminal filaments about 5-10 mm long. Ovary about ???? mm long. Style about 18-27 mm long. Stigma globular.


Fruits about 8 x 5 mm or globular abd about 6 mm diam. Calyx remnants persistent at the apex. Seeds +/- globular, about 3-4 mm diam., immersed in a sticky gelatinous layer. Embryo green, about 2.5-3 mm long, embedded in pale green endosperm. Cotyledons about 1.5 mm long, not fused to one another.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia. Occurs in WA, NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 500 m. Parasitic on monsoon forest and rain forest plants particularly species of Terminalia.

Loranthus quandang var. villiflorus Domin, Biblioth. Bot. 89: 33(1921), Type: Queensland, Russell River, Jan. 1910, K. Domin s. n.; Holo: PR.
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