Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Olax imbricata Roxb.

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Roxburgh, W. (1820) Flora of India 1: 169. Type: Burma, Malaya.


Vine stem diameters to 5 cm recorded.


Leaf blades about 8.5-11 x 3.5-5 cm, petioles about 5 mm long, broad but not winged. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin.


Inflorescences many-flowered. Calyx very small. Petals linear-oblong, about 10-12 mm long. Stamens 3, staminodes 5 or 6, bifid.


Fruits globular, about 2.5-3 cm diam. Seeds about 1.8 x 1.8 cm. Embryo located near the apex of the seed. Embryo small, about 2 mm long, swollen about the middle. Cotyledons about as wide as the radicle.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NT and CYP. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 500 m. Grows in monsoon forest and upland rain forest. Also occurs in Asia, Malesia, Taiwan, and the Pacific islands.

Natural History & Notes

May be parasitic on the roots of other plants.

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