Lepisanthes mixta

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Lepisanthes mixta


Shrub, glabrous except for the inflorescences. Leaves sometimes with pseudoterminal leaflet, 3-6-jugate; Inflorescences solitary, slender pyramidal thyrsoid, 25-30 cm long, minutely short fulvous hairy; Flowers (female not observed) white. Sepals 5, outer 1 or 2 smaller, ovate, 1.2-1.8 by 1-1.5 mm, with some scattered glands along the margin, inner orbicular-obovate, 2-2.5 by 2-2.2 mm, partly petaloid, ciliolate partly with glandular hairs. Petals (3-)5, short-clawed, oblong-elliptic, 2 by 1 mm, sparsely ciliolate partly with glan-dula: Stamens 5, anther, ovate, 1-1.5 mm, glabrous. Fruits 2-lobed, not stipitate, red, parts globular, 7.5 mm in diam.


Asia-Tropical, W New Guinea present
Malesia: W New Guinea (two collections seen).


This remarkable species has the fruits of subg. Aphania, but the habit of subg. Otophora because of its winged petiole and rachis. The latter character is most conspicuous in the type specimen in which the broad wings are widened at base into a kind of pseudo-stipule; the other specimen (Aet 679, Babo on McCluer Bay) has very narrow wings and lacks the pseudo-stipules. In all other characters the two agree completely.