Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Phyllanthus praelongipes Airy Shaw & G.L.Webster
Airy Shaw, H.K. & Webster, G.L. (1972) Kew Bulletin 26: 100. Type: PAPUA, Northern Distr., near Safia Patrol Post, 6 Aug. 1963, Darbyshire 1206; holo: K.
Branches are shed like Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta), leaving quite large shallow depressions on the trunk.
Leaf blades about 4-10 x 3-5 cm, much paler on the underside. Leaves tend to be distichous rather than spirally arranged on the twigs. Oil dots visible with a lens. Midrib flush or slightly raised on the upper surface.
Pedicels filiform, flowers small, about 2.5-3.5 mm diam. Male flowers pink, disk consisting of three bilobed cerebriform glands. Stamens united to form an androphore. Female flowers green, disk continuous (but composed of three separate segments), somewhat lobed and pitted.
Cotyledons elliptic or obovate, about 4-5 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade broadly ovate, apex acute or obtuse, base rounded or cuneate, glabrous; stipules very small, triangular, visible with a lens. All leaves after the first pair are produced on lateral branches which could be mistaken for compound leaves. Seed germination time 26 days.
Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 200 m. Grows in monsoon forest and drier rain forest. Also occurs in New Guinea.