Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Pupalia micrantha Hauman

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Flower. © R.L. Barrett
Flower and fruit. © R.L. Barrett
Fruit. © R.L. Barrett
Fruit. © R.L. Barrett

Hauman, L. (1946) Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 18: 109.


Prostrate, scrambling or erect herb, sparsely to densely hairy.


Leaves, opposite, ovate to elliptic, 22-90 mm long, 12-40 mm wide, acuminate.


Spike slender, interrupted; bracts narrowly ovate, 2-4 mm long, hairy, pungent, reflexed after flowering. Sterile flowers: bracteole broadly ovate, c. 2 mm long, densely hairy, mucronate; spines c. 5 per cluster, at length c. 5 mm long. Fertile flowers: tepals greenish, narrowly elliptic, 2.5-3.5 mm long, densely hairy, acute.


Burr 5-10 mm across in fruit. Utricle ovoid, 2-2.5 mm long. Seed black, shiny, almost circular in outline to reniform.


Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA (naturalised) and NT. Altitudinal range not known. Usually occurs in and around vine thickets. Also occurs in Africa and Asia.

Natural History & Notes

Description from 'Flora of the Darwin Region' (Harwood & Palmer, 2011).

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