Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Mucuna diabolica subsp. kenneallyi Verdc.

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Verdcourt, B. (1981) Kew Bulletin 35(4): 747. Type: Western Australia, Fenelon Is., 14 08 S, 125 42 E, 27 July 1977, Kenneally 6386; holo: PERTH; iso: K.


Vine stem diameters to 3 cm recorded. Bark exudate watery red.


Leaflet blades about 11-16 x 10-14 cm, lateral leaflet stalks about 0.3-0.7 cm long. Stalk of the middle leaflet longer than those of the lateral leaflets. Lateral leaflets markedly unequal-sided. Compound leaf petiole about 1.8-2 cm long. Stipels usually visible at the base of the leaflet stalks. Stipules hairy, about 3-4 mm long.


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Fruits about 10-16.5 x 2.5-3.5 cm, clothed in dense, irritant hairs. Fruits with a thickened margin and two conspicuous longitudinal ribs. Seed dark brown, elliptic in outline , about 22-23 x 15-17 mm, hilum about 1.3-1.3 mm long. Fide Wheeler (1992) Flora of the Kimberley Region.


Cotyledons elliptic, thick and fleshy, caducous, about 6 x 3 mm, sessile or almost sessile. First pair of leaves cordate-reniform, wider than long, petiole with a pulvinus. Third leaf trifoliolate.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to WA. Known only from a few collections made in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Altitudinal range quite small, from near sea level to 50 m. Grows in beach forest and monsoon forest.

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