Dactyliophora

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Dactyliophora

Description

Aerial stem-parasitic shrubs with epicortical runners bearing secondary haustoria. Leaves opposite or ternate. Inflorescencess axillary or borne on the epicortical runners, consisting of 1-4 whorls of dichasia (triads) in racemose order on a common axis; triads pedunculate, with the central flower sessile and the lateral flowers pedicellate; bracts solitary under each flower. Fruit ellipsoid or ovoid.

Distribution

Ceram and New Guinea, and extending beyond Malesia to Queensland (Cape York Peninsula) and the Solomon Islands: present
Genus of 2 species distributed in Ceram and New Guinea, and extending beyond Malesia to Queensland (Cape York Peninsula) and the Solomon Islands.

Morphology

When the inflorescence is occasionally reduced to a single node, it is essentially an umbel of triads

Taxonomy

Closely related to Amyema. When the inflorescence is occasionally reduced to a single node, it is essentially an umbel of triads, which is the basic inflorescence structure in Amyema. For further discussion, see