Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Hypserpa smilacifolia Diels

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Diels, F.L.E. (1910) Das Pflanzenreich 46: 208. Type: Queensland, Rockingham Bay, 28 July 1868, J.Dallachy s. n. Holo: B.


Vine stem diameters to 11 cm recorded. Concentric rings of included bark? visible in the wood of the stem transverse sections. Blaze darkens markedly and quickly on exposure.


Leaf blades about 6.5-12 x 2.1-7 cm, petioles about 1-3.5 cm long. Leaf blades thick and leathery. Lateral veins translucent. Juvenile leaves hastate at the base. Oak grain in the twigs.


Male flowers: Inflorescence about 2-3 cm long, six to ten-flowered. Flowers about 6-7 mm diam. Sepals six or seven, each about 3-3.5 x 2 mm. Petals five or six, each about 1-1.2 x 1 mm. Stamens nine or ten, clavate, about 1 mm long.


Fruits about 11-12 x 9 x 8 mm. Endocarp quite tough and hard to cut. Seeds horseshoe-shaped. Embryo features not available.


Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from 650-1250 m. Grows in upland and mountain rain forest.

Hypserpa reticulata Forman, Kew Bulletin 37(3): 372(1982), Type: Queensland, State Forest Reserve 185, Noel L.A., 17 10 S, 145 35 E, 3 Oct. 1977, Dockrill 1393; holo: K. Iso: BRI, QRS.
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