Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Pollia crispata (R.Br.) Benth.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Leaves and flowers. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Bentham, G. (1878) Flora Australiensis 7: 90.


Perennial herb; stems ascending, to about 1 m tall, rooting at the base


Leaf blades 100-190 x 15-30 mm, glabrous, free petiole quite short (2-4 mm) sheathing section about 20-25 mm long, with parallel veins; sheath 2.5-3.5 cm long, undulate-crisped around the orifice.


Inflorescence almost sessile, 3.5-5 cm long. Floral bracts cup-shaped. Flower pedicellate. Sepals white with brown specks and flecks. Outer tepals imbricate; inner tepals 4-6 mm long, white or sometimes blue; anterior fertile stamens 3, posterior staminodes 3, either filaments glabrous.


Fruit enclosed in persistent sepals; ovoid, blue, 5-6 mm long; very glossy. Seeds grey.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, and in southern Queensland southwards to southern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from 60-740 m. Found in rainforest and occasionally in notophyll vine forest.

Aneilema crispatum R.Br., Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 270(1810).
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