Decaisnina forsteriana

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Decaisnina forsteriana


Glabrous. Leaves opposite; lamina narrowly ovate to broadly ovate or rhomboid, 3-7 (-9) by 2.5-5 cm, cuneate or attenuate at the base to a distinct petiole 10-20 mm long, acute to rounded at the apex, dull on both sides or darker and slightly lustrous above, thin; venation pinnate with the midrib and the main laterals usually distinct on both sides. Inflorescences at the nodes, a raceme of mostly 3-6 opposite evenly spaced pairs of triads with the central flower sessile and the lateral flowers pedicellate; axis 20-30 mm long; peduncles of the triads 4-6 mm long, secund; pedicels of the lateral flowers 0.5- 2 mm long.


Louisiade Archipelago present, Solomon Islands eastwards to Tahiti and the Marquesas present
Solomon Islands eastwards to Tahiti and the Marquesas; Malesia: New Guinea (Louisiade Archipelago).


The species is exceptional in Loranthaceae for its wide distribution to oceanic islands; for discussion see For a discussion of taxonomic affinities see


Barlow 1981 – In: Handb. Fl. Papua New Guinea: 235
Barlow 1974 – In: Austral. J. Bot.: 537