Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Piper interruptum Opiz
Opiz, P.M. inPresl (1828) Reliq. Haenk. 1: 157. Type: Philippines, Luzon, 1792, T. Haenke s. n. Holo: PR.
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.
Female flowers: Inflorescence leaf-opposed, a dense spike with the flowers arranged in two spiralling lines on the spike (double helix). Each flower small, about 0.5 mm diam., consisting mainly of a comparatively large fleshy bract. Staminodes very small, not or scarcely visible with a lens. Stigma +/- sessile, 1-4 armed, resembling a starfish (Asteroidea).
Infructescence about 7-9 cm long. Individual fruits globular, about 3.5-4 mm diam., sessile. Seeds globular, about 2.5-3 mm diam. Embryo cylindrical, about 1 mm long, enclosed in a broadly conical structure.
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Distribution and Ecology
Piper triandrum F. Muell., Fragmenta 5: 197(1866), Type: Queensland, Mackays River, J. Dallachy. Holo: MEL.
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