Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Miconia nervosa Triana

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Leaves and fruit. © A. Ford
Leaf, showing hairs and two pairs of prominent lateral veins. © ATH
Herbarium specimen showing mature leaf, fruit and seedling (upper specimen). © ATH

Triana, J.J. (1871) Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 28(1): 111. Type: .

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Scrambling shrub to 3 m tall.


Leaves to 25 cm long, covered with long, dense pinkish hairs. Undersurface paler green. The prominent mid vein is joined by two arching main veins just above the leaf base and meet at the leaf tip. Intramarginal vein also present. Lateral veins (between three main veins) at 90 degrees.


Flowers in terminal panicles. Flowers ca. 5 mm long; petals white; stamens 10, yellow.


Immature fruit orange, turning blue-purple when ripe. Each fruit may contain up to 200 tiny seeds.


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Distribution and Ecology

An introduced species declared a Class 1 invasive weed, originally from Central and South America but now recorded naturalised in NEQ near Whyanbeel, Mossman. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 100 m. Grows in rainforest including in deep shade.

Natural History & Notes

Because of the significant threat to Australian rainforests posed by this species considerable effort is being undertaken to eradicate all known plants. Contact the Queensland Department Department of Agriculture and Fisheries phone (13 25 23) for more information.

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