Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Sciaphila arfakiana Becc.
Beccari, O. (1890) Malesia 3: 337.
Erect herb, dark-purplish red, glabrous. Stem simple or branched, ca. 6-17 cm high, 0.3-1 mm in diameter. Plants lack chlorophyll and live as saprophytes.
Male flowers: Flowers ca. 6 mm diam., pedicels 8-12 mm long. Perianth segments 6, 3 large, oblong, 1-1.6 x 0.5-1 mm, each with a large gland at the apex, 3 small, 0.8-1.4 x 0.5-1 mm, also with a large gland at the apex. Stamens globose, 0.3-0.5 mm diam., 4-celled, filaments extending 1 mm past the anthers at maturity. Female flowers: Perianth segments 6 equal, oblong to triangular, 0.6-1 x 0.3 mm, apices thickened. Carpels (10-)-20-(-50), globose, surface rugose or tuberculate, 0.2-0.5 mm diam. Style lateral, 0.6-1.8 mm long.
Features not recorded.
Occurs in NEQ around Mt. Bellenden-Ker. Altitudinal range from 150-1300 m. Grows in shade of rainforests. Also found in Malesia and the Pacific islands.