Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Deeringia amaranthoides (Lam.) Merr.
Merrill, E.D. (1917) An Interpretation of Rumphius's Herbarium Amboinense : 211.
Usually grows as a large tree top vine but occasionally flowers and fruits as a shrub. Vine stem diameters up to 5 cm recorded. Concentric rings visible in transverse sections of the stem.
Leaf blades about 2.7-15 x 1-8 cm, petioles about 0.4-3.5 cm long, grooved on the upper surface. Twigs longitudinally ribbed.
Cotyledonary petioles comparatively long, almost as long as the blades of the cotyledons, blades about 7-10 x 5-7 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate or lanceolate, apex acuminate, base cuneate to almost rounded, lateral veins form definite loops well inside the blade margin. Leaf blade about 50-60 x 30 mm, petiole about 11-20 mm long. Terminal buds and young shoots clothed in pale hairs. Seed germination time 17 to 298 days.
This species has been used medicinally in Indonesia. Cribb (1981).