Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Calamus aruensis Becc.
Beccari, O. (1908) Annals Royal Botanic Gardens, Calcutta 11: 461. Type: O. Beccari, Jabu- Lengan (Aru Island), May 1873.
Lockerbie Scrub wait-a-while
Stems usually solitary, occasionally clustered. A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm. Vine stem surface very smooth and glassy.
Leaflets 25-40 in each compound leaf, the leaflet bearing section up to 1.5 m long or longer with the compound leaf axis extending beyond the leaflet bearing section as a tendril 1.5 m long or longer, armed with recurved spines. Leaflet blades sessile, about 15-43 x 1.5-5.5 cm with fine hair-like teeth along the margin, venation longitudinal and parallel with 8-10 parallel veins. Leaflet blades corrugated in transverse section. Compound leaf axis armed with recurved spines on the underside, more numerous towards the apex. Sheathing petiole bases unarmed or only sparsely armed.
Inflorescence to 2.7 m long, branched. Staminate flowers 2-3.2 x 1-1.5 mm in bud, opening to 2-4 mm wide; sepals 1-1.2 mm long, 0.8-1 mm wide, basally connate, lobes triangular, light green, glabrous; petals 1.8-2 mm x 0.9-1 mm, light green; stamens 1.8-2 mm long, anthers; pistillode present. Pistillate flowers 2-2.7 x 1-1.2 mm, green glabrous. Sterile staminate flowers also present.
Infructescence large, about 2 m long. Individual fruits about 9-11 x 9-12 mm, clothed in overlapping diamond-shaped, shingle-like scales. Stalks about 2-2.5 mm long, perianth persistent at the base of the fruit. Seeds globular, about 7-8 mm diam. Embryo +/- clavate, about 2 mm long, located in a cavity just beneath the surface of the testa.
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Occurs in CYP. Known only from a few collections, one from the Jardine River and the other two from the Lockerbie area. Altitudinal range probably quite small, from near sea level to 60 m. Grows in lowland rain forest or monsoon forest. Also widespread in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Distinguishing features: leaf terminating in a cirrus (whip-like extension armed with spines); stems clustered at base; leaf sheath unarmed or sparsely armed with spines in mature plants; leaf with 13-23 leaflets on each side of midrib.