Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Helicteres hirsuta Lour.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Loureiro, J. de (1790) Flora Cochinchinensis 2: 530. Type: Habitat in sylvis planis Cochinchinae.


Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1 m tall.


Twigs, petioles and both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade clothed in stellate hairs. Leaf blades about 5.5-14 x 2-6.2 cm. Lateral veins and some reticulate veins depressed on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Stipules filiform, hairy, about 5 mm long. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped.


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Fruit about 25-30 mm long. Outer surface clothed in stellate hairs and trichomes which are clothed in stellate hairs. Cotyledons folded around the radicle(?).


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NT. Altitudinal range not known. Grows as an understory plant in monsoon forest and vine thickets. Also occurs in Asia and Malesia.

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