Alyxia sogerensis

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Alyxia sogerensis

Description

Climber. Branchlets weakly angled, sparsely lenticellate, glabrous. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3; Inflorescence terminal, with several clear internodes and unbranched side branches, delicate, sparsely puberulent all over, c. 2 cm long; Sepals ovate, c. 2.1 by 1 mm, 2.1 times as long as wide, apex obtuse or acute, ciliate, glabrous or sparsely puberulent. Stamens inserted at c. 1.4 mm from corolla base which is 0.35 of tube length; Ovaries c. 0.8 mm high, densely pubescent all over or pubescent in tufts between the carpels; Fruit yellowish green, stalks 1.5 mm long, with 1 article, glabrous, articles dry smooth, 11-11.5 by 8.8-9.2 mm, ellipsoid or globose, symmetrical, apex rounded. Seeds elliptic, 7.8 by 5.6 by 5.4 mm.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present
Malesia: New Guinea.

Morphology

The material on which this species’ description is based is rather poor. This species is unusual in having the stamens inserted very low down in the corolla tube which also leads to an extremely short style. Unfortunately, due to the poor material, this finding is the result of the dissection of only one mature flower bud on the type specimen.

Citation

Markgr. 1927 – In: Bot. Jahrb. Syst. p 182
D.J. Middleton 2000 – In: Blumea. p 121
S. Moore 1977 – In: Blumea. p 407