Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Herissantia crispa (L.) Brizicky

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)

Brizicky, G.K. (1968) Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 49: 279.

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Usually flowers and fruits as a herb but occasionally grows into a shrub.


Stellate hairs present on both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blades. Stipules filiform, about 2-4 mm long. Leaf blades variable, about 3-9 x 2.5-8 cm, sometimes with a single large tooth or lobe on each side.


Calyx tube about 2 mm long, lobes about 3 mm long. Petals about 5 mm long. Stamens about 25-30, filaments fused to form a column. Ovary 10-15-locular, stigmas 10-15.


Fruits globose, about 9-12 mm diam., calyx persistent and enlarged at the base. Seeds reniform, about 3 mm long.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, NEQ and CEQ, a species with a pantropic distribution, probably originating in tropical America. Altitudinal range not known but probably not great, recorded close to sea level. Grows as an understory plant most commonly in woodlands, but also found in vine thickets and monsoon forests. Also occurs in Africa, India and America.

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