Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Larsenaikia jardinei (F.Muell. ex Benth.) Tirveng.
Tirvengadum, D.D. (1993) Larsenaikia, a new genus of the Rubiaceae from Australia. Nordic Journal of Botany 13: 180-181.
Leaves simple, opposite or in whorls of three. Stipules conspicuous, 8-10 mm long, completely encircling the twigs, minutely hairy or glabrous outside; colleters present between inner surface of stipule and stem, arising from base of stipule as fingerlike glands. Petiole 1-4 mm long. Leaf blades ovate, obovate or elliptic, 4-12.5 cm long, 3-7 cm wide, base cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse or acute. Leaves glabrous, domatia present as small foveoles with white hairs at the opening or glabrous.
Inflorescence terminal, flowers solitary or in 2-4 flowered cymes. Flowers apparently bisexual, however it may be that a shortened style length renders some flowers functionally male. Calyx tube (above ovary only) 2-3 mm long, lobes linear and reflexed 3-5 mm long, green; corolla tube narrow 20-40 mm long, glabrous, corolla lobes spreading at 90°, 15-30 mm long, glabrous, white maturing yellow. Anthers partially exserted from the corolla tube. Ovary inferior.
Features not available.
There is still some uncertainty around sexuality and breeding strategies in this species. The flowers of the Australian species appear at least superficially hermaphrodite and although Puttock (1994) reports some dimorphism in Larsenaikia ochreata and Larsenaikia suffruticosa further sampling and population studies are needed.