Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Lepistemon urceolatus (R.Br.) F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1883) Systematic Census of Australian Plants : 94.
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.
Inflorescence is a rather dense panicle. Flowers about 10-15 mm diam. Sepals broadly ovate, about 2-3 x 2 mm. Corolla tube about 10-15 mm long. Anthers about 2.5 mm long, filaments about 1.5-2.5 mm long, swollen at the base to form a structure over the ovary. Anthers about 2 mm long, pollen white. Disk about 1 mm high, surrounding the ovary. Ovary about 1-1.5 mm long. Style about 1 mm long. Stigma bulbous, 2-lobed, about 1 x 1.5 mm. Ovules 2 per locule.
Fruits globular, about 7-9 x 5-10 mm, sepals short, persistent at the base. Seeds up to 4 per fruit, each seed 4-5 mm long, quadrant-shaped, surface densely clothed in short soft hairs. Cotyledons bilobed, crumpled and folded in a complex fashion. Radicle about 2.5-4 mm long. Endosperm intrudes between the folds in the cotyledons.
Cotyledons V-shaped, about 28-31 x 22-29 mm. Midrib not extending to the apex. First leaves cordate, apex acuminate, base auriculate. Third leaf base hastate. Stem and petioles densely clothed in white retrorse (back pointing) hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: stem twining, leaf blade 3-lobed, apex acuminate, acute and mucronate, base hastate. Upper and lower leaf blade surfaces clothed in appressed hairs with glandular bases, and small glands (which are visible with a lens). 'Oil dots' visible only from the upper surface. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Petioles and stem densely clothed in backward-pointing, pale coloured hairs. Seed germination time 26 days.
Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 150 m. Grows in beach forest, monsoon forest and rain forest. Also occurs in Malesia and some Pacific islands.