Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Hemigraphis ciliata S.Moore
Moore, S. le M. (1920) Journal of Botany, British and Foreign 58: 191
Decumbent herb. Stems ca. prostrate, rooting at the nodes, 4-angled and grooved, hairy.
Petioles 5-15 mm long, hairy.Leaf blade elliptic, 5.5-10 x 2-3.5 cm; attenuate at base; acuminate to acute at apex; lateral veins 5-7 on each side of the midrib and forming loops inside the blade; glabrous with numerous embedded cigar-shaped glands visible on the upper surface of the leaf blade, glands visible with a lens.Margin shallowly crenate.
Inflorescence a terminal spike. Bracts leaf-like with short hars. Calyx lobes linear, 7-8 x 0.8-0.9 mm, with short hairs. Corolla white, veined purple, 13-15 mm long, tube and throat 10-11 mm long. Stamens with upper filaments1.5-1.8 mm long, hairy, lower filaments 0.8-0.9 mm long with short hairs. Ovary hairy in upper half, 4 ovules per cell. Seeds 1-4 per capsule, with seed-bearing hooks. Seed clothed in hairs, orbicular, flattened, ca.1.5-2 mm diam.
Fruit a cigar-shaped capsule, 8-9 x 2.5 mm, hairy in upper half, enclosed in the persistent calyx.
Cotyledons orbicular, radicle straight, about 0.5 mm long.
Hemigraphis royenii Bremek , Nova Guinea 8: 132 (1957). Type: van Royen 4770, between Wam River and Lake Wam, alt. 60 m, Merauke District.