Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Freycinetia percostata Merr. & L.M.Perry
Merrill, E.D. & Perry, L.M. (1939) Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 20: 159. Type: New Guinea, Middle Fly River, Lake Daviumbu, Sept. 1936, Brass 7860; holo: A.
Climbing Pandan; Pandan, Climbing
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm. Adventitious roots present on most parts of the vine stem.
Leaf blades about 50-60 x 2-2.5 cm long, margins finely toothed throughout their entire length. Venation longitudinal and parallel, not obvious on the upper surface but more pronounced on the lower surface. Auricles present, the margins serrate. Lower surface of the leaf blades glabrous. Midrib armed with teeth on the underside of the leaf blade.
Inflorescence subtended by large orange bracts about 19-35 cm long.
Infructescence about 15-18 x 5 cm on a stalk about 3-4 cm long. Individual fruits about 20 x 8 mm. Seeds about 1-1.2 x 0.3 mm, one side ribbed. Embryo narrowly ovoid, about 0.2-0.3 mm long.
This species has some potential for planting in tropical gardens. The plants would need to be trained to grow up a sturdy tree. Flowers are small but produced within very showy red bracts.