Lycianthes shanesii (F.Muell.) A.R.Bean
Bean, A.R. (2003) Austrobaileya 6: 568.
Leaf blades about 6-16 x 3-10 cm. Midrib and the main lateral veins depressed on the upper surface although the midrib may also be raised in a groove. Pairs of leaves attached to the same side and almost the same point on the twigs. Petioles about 12-15 mm long, channelled on the upper surface although ridged down the middle of the groove.
Inflorescence 1-2(-3)-flowered, pedicels about 8 mm long. Calyx glabrous, truncate, usually with five short rounded lobes (sometimes four). Corolla five, sometimes 4-lobed, tube about 2 mm long, lobes about 7-8 mm long. Anthers about 4-5 mm long, filaments about 1.5 mm long. Ovary glabrous, about 1.3 mm diam., style up to 6 mm long.
Calyx green, glabrous, patelliform, persistent at the base of the fruits. Fruits bright red (scarlet) globular, about 10-17 mm diam. Pedicels about 25 mm long. Seeds about 50-70 per fruit, flattened, about 3.5 mm diam., margins thickened, surface shallowly reticulate. Embryo +/- horseshoe-shaped, the cotyledons sometimes folded back on themselves.
Cotyledons ovate to lanceolate, about 9-17 x 6 mm, hairy at least on the upper surface, petioles about 1 mm long. First pair of true leaves ovate or elliptic, about 40 x 25 mm, tapering to long petioles. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade broadly ovate, triangular or cordate, apex acute to acuminate, upper surface with a few scattered hairs along the midrib; petiole and stem clothed in long, torulose hairs. Petioles decurrent on the main stem for a short distance. Terminal buds clothed in pale hairs. Seed germination time 32 to 60 days.