Korthalsella dacrydii

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Korthalsella dacrydii

Description

Plants minute, to 3 cm long, slender, sparsely branched, not differentiated into distinct vegetative and flowering axes. Hairs of the floral cushion few, scarcely protruding, reddish. Rudimentary leaves together encircling the node, c. 0.5 mm high, membranous, acute at the apices. Flowers in 1 to 2 rows, 3-7 per cluster, the opposite clusters meeting and encircling the stem;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), Timor present
Malesia: Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Timor; recorded sporadically, possibly more widespread but overlooked owing to the very small size of the plants.

Notes

Very similar to K. salicornioides of New Zealand and New Caledonia, differing in the prominent acute tips of the rudimentary leaves, and in its specificity for coniferous hosts. Differs from K. grayi of Australia in the same characters, together with the predominantly decussate phyllotaxy.

Citation

Danser 1931 – In: Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg. p 455
Backer & Bakh. f. 1965 – In: Fl. Java. p 75
Danser 1937 – In: Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg. p 124