Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Grewia glabra Blume

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flowers. © R.L. Barrett
Flowers. © R.L. Barrett
Flowers. © R.L. Barrett
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Fruit. © R.L. Barrett
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Blume, C.L. von (1825) Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind. 3: 115.


Shrub or tree. Stems sparsely stellate hairy or glabrous.


Leaves narrowly ovate to elliptic, obtuse and slightly oblique at base, serrulate, acute to shortly acuminate, glabrescent; lamina 7.5-18.5 cm long x 3-7 cm wide, not lobed; glabrous; petiole 10-15 mm long; stipules filiform, to 5 mm long, deciduous early.


Flowers usually 1-3 in an axillary umbel; peduncle 7-12 mm long; pedicel 6-10 mm long. Sepals linear, 5-9 mm long, pubescent, green outside, white inside. Petals ovate, c. 2.5 mm long, cream, glabrous. Stamens many, fused into short tube around style.


Fruit of 2, bilobed, divergent parts; each lobe with 1 or 2 pyrenes (seed); parts, lobes and pyrenes usually suppressed, often reduced to a single, subglobose, lobe c. 5 mm long, containing 1 or 2 pyrenes.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA. Altitudinal range unknown. Grows in monsoon forest and vine thickets. Also occurs from India to New Guinea.

Natural History & Notes

Description from 'Fl. Australia Vol. 50' and 'FloraBase' the Western Australian Flora.

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