Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Vandasina retusa (Benth.) Rauschert
Rauschert, S. (1982) Taxon 31(3): 559.
Leaflet blades about 4.5-10 x 4.5-9 cm, both upper and lower surfaces clothed in short, pale, prostrate hairs. Apex deeply emarginate or lobed and mucronate. Stipules triangular to semi-orbicular, about 2.5-6 x 9-11 mm long, held +/- at right angles to the twigs. Stalk of the middle leaflet pulvinate and longer than those on the lateral leaflets. Leaflet stalks about 4-14 mm long. Stipels present at the base of all leaflet stalks. Twigs longitudinally ribbed.
Cotyledons falcate, about 15 x 3 mm. First pair of true leaves orbicular, sub-opposite. Third leaf usually trifoliolate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades bilobed at the apex. Stipels visible at the base of the leaflets, one pair where the lateral leaflets are attached and another pair at the point of attachment of the middle leaflet. Stipules large and triangular, about 7 x 3 mm. Seed germination time 12 days.
Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range quite small, from near sea level to 50 m. Grows in open forest and other types of vegetation, including monsoon forest and beach forest close to the sea. Usually grows on sand. Also occurs in Papua New Guinea.
Roots were roasted and eaten by Aborigines. A species of no grazing significance. Hacker (1990).