Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Mullerochloa moreheadiana (F.M.Bailey) K.M.Wong

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Habit and leaves. © B. Gray
Vine stem bark and vine stem transverse section. © CSIRO
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Wong, K.M. (435) Blumea 50: 435.

Common name

Climbing Bamboo; Bamboo, Climbing


Vine stem diameters to 4 cm recorded. Stems hollow except for the nodes. Younger stems clothed in pale stellate scales.


Leaf blades about 10-31 x 2-4.5 cm, petioles about 0.2-0.5 cm long, deeply channelled on the upper surface and connected to a sheath around the stem. Ligule usually visible on the petiole. Venation longitudinal and parallel usually with seven to nine main veins.


Flowers enclosed in bracts or bract-like tepals about 4.5-5 mm long. Inner tepals about 4.5 mm long. Stamens six, anthers about 3 mm long, filaments about 0.8 mm long. Ovary about 1.5 mm long. Style about 3.5 mm long. Stigmas feathery, about 1.5 mm long.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 150 m. Grows in disturbed areas in lowland rain forest. The presence of the species is usually regarded as the justification for the appellation 'cyclone scrub' in North Queensland.

Bambusa moreheadiana F.M.Bailey, Botany of the Bellenden-Ker Expedition (in Meston: Report of the Government Scientific Expedition to Bellenden-Ker Range) : 71(1889), Type: Harveys Creek, Russell River. Bambusa moreheadiana F.M.Bailey, Report on new Plants, Preliminary to General Report on Botanical Results of Mestons Expedition to the Bellenden-Ker Range : 1(1889), Type: Harveys Creek, Russell River.
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