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Decaisnina brittenii (Blakely) Barlow subsp. brittenii

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Fruit. © CSIRO

Barlow, B.A. (1966) Australian Journal Botany 14: 433.


Aerial stem-parasitic shrub. Epicortical runners present.


Leaf blades thick and fleshy, brittle, breaking along a straight line when bent back on themselves. Leaf blades about 7-17 x 0.3-2.0 cm, petioles about 0.5-1 cm long. Venation not obvious on either the upper or lower surfaces.


Flowers borne in triads, all flowers sessile. Triad peduncles about 2-4 mm long. Inflorescence axis about 3-5 mm long bearing 3-9 pairs of secund triads. Calyx about 0.7-1 mm long, without lobes or weakly lobed or toothed. Corolla about 18-25 mm long, mainly red except for a green section towards the apex, tips purplish or reddish brown. Petals united at the base for about 0.5-3 mm, upper part of the perianth about 10 mm long and sharply reflexed. Anthers about 2-3 mm long, staminal filaments about 2.5-5 mm long. Ovary about 3.5 mm long. Style pink towards the base, green in the upper half, about 20 mm long. Stigma small, green and terminal.


Fruits about 11-13 x 8 mm. Seeds green, about 10 x 5-6 mm. Seeds immersed in a translucent gel. Embryo about 8-9 mm long in green endosperm. Radicle blunt, thick and swollen. Cotyledons about 4 mm long, gradually tapering to the apex. Cotyledons no wider than the hypocotyl.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 650 m. Parasitic on a range of open forest, monsoon forest and rain forest plants.

Amylotheca brittenii (Blakely) Danser, Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 10: 300(1929). Loranthus brittenii Blakely, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 47: 393(1922), Type: Queensland, Endeavour River, 1770, J. Banks & D. Solander; Iso: NSW. Loranthus signatus var. angustatus Domin, Biblioth. Bot. 89: 54(1921), Type: Queensland, Boonmoo, Feb. 1910, K. Domin s. n.: Holo: PR.
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