Gynochthodes jasminoides (A.Cunn.) Razafim. & B.Bremer
Razafimandimbison, S.G. & Bremer, B. (2011) Adansonia 33(2): 291.
Morinda; Morinda, Sweet; Jasmine Morinda; Morinda, Sweet; Jasmine, Native; Native Jasmine; Sweet Morinda; Sweet Morinda; Morinda, Jasmin
Vine stem diameters to 7 cm recorded. The irregular radial lines or segments of bark and wood form a pattern in transverse sections of the stem resembling drainage patterns into a central lake or spokes of a wheel.
Leaf blades about 3-11.5 x 1-4.5 cm, petioles about 0.4-1.2 cm long. Lateral veins usually 3 or 4 on each side of the midrib, forming loops inside the blade margin. Stipules about 1.5-4 mm long, sheathing the twigs. Domatia are cave-like foveoles which register their presence because of humps which are apparent even on the upper surface of the leaf blade.
Cotyledonary stipules short, apices rounded. First pair of leaves elliptic-ovate, stipules linear, apices very acute. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade about 6 x 2 cm, petiole about 1 cm long. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Stipules interpetiolar with 2 stipules at each node, stipules broad-based, apices acuminate and very acute. Stem above the cotyledons densely hairy. Hypocotyl glabrous and longitudinally 2-ridged. Seed germination time 101 days.
Morinda jasminoides A.Cunn., Botanical Magazine 61: t. 33 (1834). Type: New South Wales, Port Jackson, Mar. 1821, A. Cunningham; holo: K?.