Piper mestonii F.M.Bailey
Bailey, F.M. (1889) Botany of the Bellenden-Ker Expedition (in Meston: Report of the Government Scientific Expedition to the Bellenden-Ker Range) : 54. Type: Queensland, Harveys Creek, Russell River, A. Meston & F.M. Bailey s.n. Holo: BRI.
Vine stem diameters to 4 cm recorded.
Leaf blades about 9.5-20 x 4-14 cm, petioles about 1.5-4 cm long, shallowly grooved on the upper surface. All major veins depart from the midrib in the lower one third of the leaf blade. Stipules caducous, sheathing the terminal bud, shed as each leaf expands leaving a prominent scar. Hairs present on the underside of the leaf blade particularly towards the base.
Infructescence cylindrical, about 4-7 x 1.5 cm on a stalk about 1.5-2 cm long. Individual fruits sessile, styles persistent at the apex. Seeds ellipsoidal, about 2 x1 mm, embedded in tissue towards the base of the fruit. Embryo small and inconspicuous, located at the pointed end of the seed. Embryo conical, about 0.2 mm long, not clearly differentiated into radicle and cotyledons.
Cotyledons elliptic, about 5 x 3 mm, apex contracted, beak-like, almost mucronate. First pair of leaves glabrous, +/- orbicular, apex acute, base obtuse. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate-cordate, apex acute, base obtuse to slightly cordate. Leaf 3-veined with two other major veins further up. Stipules about 11 mm long, enclosing the terminal bud, attached to the petiole leaving an elongated scar on its upper surface when shed. Seed germination time 38 to 49 days.
Occurs in NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 350 m. Grows in well developed lowland rain forest. Also occurs in New Guinea.
Sometimes cultivated in tropical gardens on a trellis or up tree trunks. Produces red finger-like fruits.