Sciaphila secundiflora

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Sciaphila secundiflora

Description

Erect herb, 6-33 cm high, sometimes somewhat ascending, mostly branched, but often one of the twigs at a ramification broken off. Leaves oblong to ovate, acute, c. 1.5-3 (-4) by c. 0.5-1.5 (-2) mm, sometimes semi-amplexicaul, appressed or patent to 25°. Flowers c. 3-35, more or less all around. Stamens 2-3, c. 0.5-0.6 mm;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Borneo present (Sabah present, Sarawak present); Malaya present; New Guinea present, Atjeh present, Ceylon present, Japen and Mios Num Is present, N. Sumatra present, New Britain present, New Ireland present, San Cristobal present, Solomons present, W. & E. Kalimantan present
Ceylon, Hongkong; in Malesia: N. Sumatra (Atjeh), Malaya (all parts), Borneo (Sarawak, Sabah, W. & E. Kalimantan), New Guinea (N. & SE. parts, Japen and Mios Num Is.), New Britain, New Ireland, Solomons (San Cristobal).

Notes

Fresh plant white (when young), red, pale mauve or purplish; flowers white, mauve red or purple (perianth segments sometimes with dark borders), anthers white, fruits red.
PETCH (1923, see above) regarded S. inornata as 'most closely allied to 5. secundiflora' and 'resembling S. sumatrana' but, knowing about the characters he Used distinguishing between his species and the two others and from his description of S. inornata (though I did not see the type), I think it safe to combine them.
With regard to several species here combined, which were still kept apart by GIESEN, his own key even does not work.
I did not see the type of S. astehas RIDL., but I did see RIDLEY 16312 which, according to GIESEN, is almost cotypical with the type.

Citation

J.J. SMITH 1927 – In: Nova Guinea. p 325
HOOK. f. 1893 – In: Fl. Br. India. p 558
GIESEN 1938: p. 61. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 14: 8-11
GIESEN 1938 – In: Pfl. R. Heft. p 67
ALSTON 1931 – In: Fl. Ceyl. p 298
J.J. SMITH 1927 – In: Nova Guinea. p 325
J.J. SMITH 1927 – In: Nova Guinea. p 325
BTH. 1898 – In: Trimen, Fl. Ceyl. 4. p 368
THW. 1861: En. Pl. Zeyl. p 294
HEMSL. 1907 – In: Hook., Ic. Pl. 29. t. 2850: f. 1-6
GIESEN 1938 – In: Pfl. R. Heft. p 59
ALSTON 1931 – In: Fl. Ceyl. p 299
GIESEN 1938: p. 60. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 14: 4-6
GIESEN 1938: p. 63. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 14: 12-15
Ridl. 1924 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen. p 365
J.J. SMITH 1927 – In: Nova Guinea. p 325
GIESEN 1938 – In: Pfl. R. Heft. p 61
Ridl. 1915 – In: J. Fed. Mal. St. Mus. p 188
Ridl. 1917 – In: J. Fed. Mal. St. Mus. p 119
RENDLE 1901 – In: J. Bot. p 178
Ridl. 1924 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen. p 364
Miq. 1856 – In: Fl. Ind. Bat. p 232
J.J. SMITH 1927 – In: Nova Guinea. p 325
Merr. 1921: En. Born. p 38
GIESEN 1938 – In: Pfl. R. Heft. p 61
GIESEN 1938 – In: Pfl. R. Heft. p 63
HEND. 1939 – In: J. Mal. Br. R. As. Soc. p 82
Ridl. 1907 – In: Mat. Fl. Mal. Pen. (Monoc.). p 126
GIESEN 1938: p. 60. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 14: 1-3
GIESEN 1938: p. 61. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 14: 7
MAKINO 1905 – In: Bot. Mag. Tokyo. p 141