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Tasmannia sp. Mt Bellenden Ker (J.R.Clarkson 6571)

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flower buds. © Australian Tropical Herbarium
Leaves, fruit and flower buds. © Australian Tropical Herbarium
Leaves and flower buds. © Australian Tropical Herbarium
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Can grow into a small tree but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-3 m tall.


Leaves clustered towards the ends of the twigs. Leaf blades about 7.5-15 x 2.5-5 cm, petioles absent or very short, about 0.3-0.4 cm long. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the blade margin, sometimes a double series of loops.


Flowers about 11-15 mm diam. Pedicels about 20-30 mm long. Perianth in two whorls of two. Outer perianth segments about 7 x 8 mm. Inner perianth segments about 8 x 3 mm. Stamens about 30-40, filaments about 0.5-1 mm long, anthers yellow, about 1 x 1.2 mm.


Fruits ovoid or ellipsoid, about 12 x 10 mm with a suture line along one side. Seeds numerous, about 20-25 per fruit. Seeds curved and narrowed towards one end, seeds about 4 x 2 mm. Testa thin and brittle. Embryo very small, difficult to find.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, known only from collections made on the summit area of Mt Bellenden Ker. Altitudinal range not known but collections made in the 1500-1600 m range. Grows in windswept mountain rain forest and vine-fern thickets.

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