Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Pavetta kimberleyana S.T.Reynolds

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Reynolds, S.T. (1993) Austrobaileya 4: 33. Type: Western Australia, Mitchell Plateau, 8 December 1982, K. F. Kenneally 8678 (holo: BRI; iso: PERTH).


Usually flowers and fruits as a large shrub 4-6 m tall, occasionally as a small tree.


Leaf blades about 22 x 8 cm, both the upper and lower surfaces with scattered short, pale hairs, dense on the midrib on the lower surface. Domatia are inconspicuous tufts of hair. Stipules hairy, rather squat, triangular, about 7 mm long, acuminate at the apex, completely encircling the twig, i.e. stipules fused at the base.


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Fruit about 5-6 x 5-6 mm. Seeds depressed globular, about 3 x 4-5 mm.


Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 10-11 x 10-13, +/- sessile, penniveined but 3-veined at the base. First pair of leaves elliptic. Stipules triangular, about 4-5 mm long, sparsely clothed in short hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate, midrib and main lateral veins with scattered, pale, simple hairs. Seed germination time 90 to 238 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA and possibly in the western part of NT. Altitudinal range from 20-100 m. Grows in monsoon forest and vine thickets.

Pavetta brownii Bremek., Flora of the Kimberley Region : 922(1992). Pavetta indica var.tomentosa (Roxb.) J.D.Hooker, Biblioth. Bot. 89: 623(1928).
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