Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Uvaria concava Teijsm. & Binn.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flowers. © CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. © CSIRO
Fruit [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
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10th leaf stage. © CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, durian germination. © CSIRO
Vine stem bark and vine stem transverse section. © CSIRO

Teijsmann, J.E. & Binnendijk, S. (1855) Nederl. Kruidk. Arch. 3: 46. Type: Java.

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Usually grows as a vine and can attain the dimensions of a tree-top vine, stem diameters to 5 cm recorded but can flower and fruit as a shrub. Sapwood surface corrugated.


Young, freshly expanded leaf bearing twigs clothed in ferruginous or golden stellate hairs or scales. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped. Oak grain visible in the twigs, particularly the twig bark. Leaf blades about 7-25 x 3.5-9 cm with stellate hairs or scales on the underside at least when young. Petioles about 0.4-1 cm long.


Flowers red, large and showy, 40-50 mm diam. when fully expanded, borne singly, usually opposite the terminal leaf on each twig. Petals leathery and appear to consist of two distinct layers. Carpels and stamens yellow.


Fruiting carpels borne in 'umbels'. Each carpel about 25-45 x 15-20 mm on a stalk about 20-25 mm long. Seeds up to six per carpel. Embryo quite small, basally located in the seed.


First pair of leaves ovate-lanceolate, shortly petiolate. Stem above the cotyledonary scars clothed in simple and stellate pale brown hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves alternate, distichous. Oil dots very small, just visible with a lens. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the margin of the leaf blade. Lower surface of the leaf blade sparsely clothed in brown stellate hairs. Stem clothed in brown, stellate hairs. Terminal bud clothed in dense, pale or rusty-brown, prostrate hairs. Seed germination time 201 to 203 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 100 m. Grows as a shrub or vine in or on the margins of monsoon forest, gallery forest and rain forest. Also occurs in New Guinea & SE Asia.

Natural History & Notes

Food plant for the larval stages of the Green Spotted Triangle and Pale Green Triangle Butterflies. Sankowsky & Neilsen (2000).

Uva membranacea (Benth.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 1: 8(1891). Uvaria membranacea Benth., Flora Australiensis 1: 51(1863), Type: N. Australia. Scrub at Cape York, McGillivray.
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