Dendrophthoe curvata

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Dendrophthoe curvata


Glabrous except for the young parts, inflorescence, ovary and usually the corolla white- to red-brown-tomentose, the leaves usually soon glabrescent; very rarely completely glabrous. Leaves scattered or subopposite; lamina narrowly to broadly ovate or obovate, (4-)10-15 by (1.5-)3-5(-8) cm, attenuate to cuneate at the base to a petiole usually 10-20 mm long, mostly obtuse or rounded (sometimes acute) at the apex, darker and glossy above or dull on both sides; venation pinnate with the midrib and the main laterals visible above and often more distinct below. Inflorescencess at the nodes, a (2-) 5-10(-16)-fiowered raceme; axis 10-25(-30) mm long; pedicels (l-)2-4(-5) mm long.


Asia-Tropical: Lesser Sunda Is. absent; Philippines (Philippines absent), Solomon Islands present, from Sumatra to New Guinea present, northern Australia present
Northern Australia, Solomon Islands; Malesia: widespread from Sumatra to New Guinea but absent from Philippines and Lesser Sunda Islands.


The species appears to be represented in Sumatra mostly by forms which are transitional to Dendrophthoe x rimituba. In Borneo transitional forms to D. pentandra are common (see note there). The species has until recently been subsumed in Dendrophthoe falcata, which was regarded as a very polymorphic species extending from India to Australia. For the distinction of D. curvata as a species see


Danser 1931 – In: Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg: 403
Barlow 1995 – In: Blumea: 17
Barlow 1974 – In: Austral. J. Bot.: 607
Tiegh. 1895 – In: Bull. Soc. Bot. France: 252
Backer & Bakh. f. 1965 – In: Fl. Java: 73
Barlow 1981 – In: Handb. F1. Papua New Guinea: 240