Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Stephania bancroftii F.M.Bailey

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Female flowers. © CSIRO
Male flowers. © CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. © CSIRO
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Vine stem bark and vine stem transverse section. © CSIRO

Bailey, F.M. (1910) Queensland Agricultural Journal 24(5): 221. Type: Queensland, Stannary Hills, Thos. L. Bancroft,s.n. Holo: BRI. Iso: K.


Vine stem diameters to 4 cm recorded. Deciduous, leafless in September. Bark pale, lenticels dark.


Leaf blades about 2.5-13 x 3-14 cm, petioles about 1.5-16 cm long, thickened towards the base and twisted. Leaf blades +/- orbicular, peltate, glaucous on the underside. Crushed leaves emit a strong unpleasant odour. Venation (about 7-13 veins) radiating from the point of attachment of the petiole.


Male flowers: Inflorescence an umbel of heads. Flowers about 2.5-3 mm diam. Sepals six, in two whorls of three, each sepal about 1.5-2 mm long. Petals +/- orbicular or obtriangular, about 0.8-1.1 mm diam. Stamens fused together to form a peltate disk-like structure about 1-1.2 x 0.5 mm diam. Anthers dehiscing in a single line around the circumference. Pollen white. Female flowers: Flower heads about 6 mm diam. Individual flower about 1 mm diam. Larger tepals (four) about 1.25 mm long, small tepals (two) about 0.75 mm long. Ovary shortly stalked. Stigmas three, each stigma bilobed. Ovule 1.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ. Known only from a few collections. Altitudinal range from 400-800 m. Grows in monsoon forest and vine thicket.

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