Amyema conspicua

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Amyema conspicua


Glabrous except for the very young parts, inflorescences and ovaries white- or brown- tomentose. Leaves opposite; lamina oblong to ovate or obovate, 3-8 by 1-4.5 cm, attenuate to cuneate at the base to a petiole 1-6 mm long, rounded at the apex, dull on both sides; venation curvinerved, distinct on both sides. Inflorescences at the nodes, pedunculate 2-rayed umbels of triads with the central flowers sessile; peduncle (3-)4-8(-9) mm long; rays 1-2.5 mm long, densely tomentose above and glabrous or sparsely tomentose below; pedicels of the lateral flowers 0.5-1 mm long, with the same indumentum as the rays.


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, Australasia
Australia; Malesia: New Guinea.


There are 3 subspecies, of which 2 occur in Malesia. The external differences between these are probably not greater than the diversity within other polymorphic Malesian species; recognition of subspecies is more relevant in Australia, where ecogeographic divergence in open communities across a large land area is more striking, and may reflect stronger differentiation of gene pools. The species is one of the relatively few loranths in Malesia which lacks epicortical runners.


Barlow 1974 – In: Austral. J. Bot.: 571
Barlow 1981 – In: Handb. Fl. Papua New Guinea: 212