Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Cansjera leptostachya Benth.
Bentham, G. (1843) Hooker's London Journal of Botany 2: 231. Type: New Ireland, 1841, Hinds s.n.; lecto: K, iso: NY. Fide P. Hiepko, Willdenowia 9: 49 (1979).
Usually grows as a vine but can flower and fruit as a shrub about 1-3 m tall. Vine stem diameters to 3 cm recorded. Blaze odour may resemble that of green beans (Phaseolus vulgaris).
Leaf blades about 3.5-9 x 1.5-4 cm, petioles about 0.1-0.6 cm long. Dried leaves tuberculate on the upper surface when viewed with a lens. Leaf bearing twigs usually green, clothed in short tortuous brownish hairs.
First pair of leaves with hairs along the margins and on the midrib on both the upper and lower surfaces. Tap root white, thickened, +/- carrot-shaped (Daucus carota). At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade lanceolate, about 30-40 x 10-15 mm. Midrib clothed in short hairs on the upper surface. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Petiole very short, about 1 mm long. Seed germination time 64 to 97 days.
May be parasitic on the roots of other plants.