Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Amyema whitei (Blakely) Danser

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Danser, B.H. (1929) Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 10: 299.


Aerial stem-parasitic shrub. Epicortical runners present.


Leaf blades thick and leathery, brittle, breaking along a straight line when bent back on themselves. Leaf blades about 4.5-10 x 3-7 cm, petioles about 0.2-0.5 cm long. Leaf blades much paler on the underside.


Flowers produced in axillary clusters of 2-flowered umbels. EAch flower subtended by a bract about 3 x 3 mm. Rays of umbels about 3-4 mm long. Primary peduncle about 1-4 mm long. Calyx about 0.5 mm long, without lobes. Corolla about (above the ovary) 40 mm long. Anthers about 4-5 mm long, staminal filaments about 3-9 mm long. Disk 6-lobed or toothed, lobes bright red. Ovary about 3-4 mm long without any obvious locules or ovules. Style about 20-40 mm long. Stigma globular.


Fruit nearly globose, 8 mm long, contracted at apex.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1500 m. Parasitic on a variety of rain forest trees.

Pilostigma whitei (Blakely) Barlow, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 87: 56(1962). Loranthus whitei Blakely, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 47: 400(1922), Type: Queensland, Atherton Scrub, Sept. 1911, R. Mitchell; Holo: NSW.
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