Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Oxera splendida (F.Muell.) Gateble & Barrabe

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Flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and Flowers. © CSIRO
Fruit [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Fruit, side views, transverse section and seed. © W. T. Cooper
Scale bar 10mm. © CSIRO
Cotyledon and 10th leaf stage, hypogeal germination. © CSIRO
10th leaf stage, hypogeal germination. © CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. © CSIRO
Vine stem bark and vine stem transverse section. © CSIRO

Barrabe, al (2015) Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 179: 707.

Common name

Latara; Vine, Glory; Buku; October Glory; Mumuni; Glory Vine; Pitutu


Vine stem diameters to 15 cm recorded. Living bark layer quite thick. Outer blaze very granular, inner blaze fibrous.


Leaf blades about 12-24 x 6-13 cm, petioles about 2-8 cm long. Flat glands usually visible on the underside near the base of the leaf blade in the axils of some of the lateral veins.


Flowers large, about 4.5 cm diam. Sepals 1.5-2.5 cm long. Corolla lobes about 1.5-2.5 x 1.5-2.5 cm, often lobed at the apex. Corolla tube about 2-4 cm long. Stamens exserted, filaments attached about the middle of the corolla tube, filaments about 3.5-6.5 cm long, hairy towards the base. Anthers about 3-4 mm long. Pollen white. Ovary globose, densely clothed in white hairs. Style about 5-8 cm long. Stigma terminal, minutely bifid. Ovules 1 per locule.


Fruits ellipsoidal, about 6-9 x 5-6 cm. Seeds about 4-4.5 x 2.5-3.5 cm. Cotyledons +/- lobed and interlocked, about 45 mm long. Radicle small and insignificant, about 1 mm long.


Usually 1-2 pairs of cataphylls produced before the first true leaves. First pair of leaves usually much smaller than the second pair of leaves. First leaf blades elliptic-ovate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, apex acuminate ending in a long drip tip, base cordate, midrib and lateral veins depressed on the upper surface. Upper surface of the leaf blade bullate. Numerous small, orbicular, crater-like glands visible in the lower surface. Taproot long and thickened. Seed germination time 14 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m. Grows in well developed lowland and upland rain forest. Also occurs in New Guinea and other parts of Malesia.

Natural History & Notes

A food plant for the larval stages of the Pale Ciliate Blue, Common Tit, Common Oakblue and Eone Blue Butterflies. Common & Waterhouse (1981).


Faradaya splendida F.Muell. , Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 21 (1865), Type: Queensland, Rockingham Bay, J. Dallachy; lecto: K; iso: MEL. Faradaya albertisii F.Muell., Descriptive Notes on Papuan Plants 8: 46 (1886), Type: On the Fly-River; Dalbertis.

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