Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Freycinetia excelsa F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1865) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 39. Type: Queensland, Rockingham Bay, J. Dallachy; lecto: K. Fide B. C. Stone, Brunonia 5: 92 (1982).
Freycinetia; Pandan, Giant Climbing; Giant Climbing Pandan
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm. Adventitious roots present on most parts of the vine stem. Leaf base scars quite obvious.
Male flowers: Flowers borne on a spike (spadix) about 3 cm long on a stalk about 2 cm long. Spadix subtended by a series of yellow-orange to orange-red bracts about 6-16 cm long with finely toothed margins. Stamens about 1 mm long, filaments slightly longer than the anthers. Female flowers: Flowers borne on a spike (spadix) about 3 cm long on a stalk about 2.5 cm long. Spadix subtended by coloured bracts up to 15 cm long with finely toothed margins. Perianth absent. Carpels (ovaries) about 2 mm long with two or three stigmatic arms at the apex. Ovules numerous in each ovary.
Infructescence cylindrical, about 5.5 x 2.5 cm, borne on an angular (3-8 sided) stalk about 2-3 cm long. Individual fruits +/- obovoid, angular in transverse section, about 6 x 2.5-4 mm. Seeds numerous in each individual fruit, each seed elongated, about 1 mm long, winged on one side. Embryo less than 0.5 mm long.
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