Hernandia nymphaeifolia (C.Presl) Kubitzki
Kubitzki, K. (1969) Botanische Jahrbucher 90 89: 272.
Hernandia; Sea Hearse
White granular and brown fibrous stripes usually visible in the outer blaze. Bark pale brown.
Usually 2-4 cataphylls produced before the first true leaves. First pair of true leaves ovate to cordate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves peltate, apex acuminate, base rounded, upper surface glabrous, underside puberulous; petiole puberulous at least towards the apex, about as long as the leaf blade. Seed germination time 23 to 64 days.
This species may have medicinal properties. Leaf and stem material of this species was active against tumor cell cultures. Collins et al. (1990).
The leaves, bark and stem of this species are regarded as a contraceptive. Cribb (1981).