Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Laportea interrupta (L.) Chew
Chew, W.L. (1965) The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 21 : 200.
Usually flowers and fruits as a herb but sometimes attains the height of a shrub.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 3-5 mm diam. First pair of leaves ovate, 3-veined, margin crenate with about 3-6 teeth on each side. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade sparsely clothed in broad-based stinging hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate, apex acuminate, variable in size with about 13-20 rounded teeth on each side. Each tooth ending in 1 or 2 hairs forming an aristate tip. Lateral veins and midrib depressed on the upper surface. Petioles about 15-25 mm long. Stipules filiform but broad based, about 3-5 mm long, each pair fused together. 'Oil dots' minute, visible with a lens. Seed germination time 186 to 272 days.
This species may have medicinal properties.