Machaerina articulata

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Machaerina articulata


Leaves basal, similar to the stems, terete, spongious, prominently transversely septate, tapering to the pungent top, 5-10 mm thick; Stamens 3 (or in some flowers 2); Panicle large, effuse, interrupted, 15-40 cm long, consisting of 4-6 fascicles of branches, the lower 1-2 fascicles remote, the upper ones approximate.


Angi present, Arfak Mts present, Asia-Tropical, Australasia, Lake Gita present, Lake Trist present, Morobe Distr present, NE. New Guinea present, New Caledonia present, New Hebrides present, New Zealand present, North I present, Sirunke present, W. New Guinea present, Western Highlands present
Widely distributed in Australia, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, New Zealand (North I.), in Malesia: W. New Guinea; Arfak Mts (Angi, Lake Gita); NE. New Guinea: Western Highlands, Sirunke; Morobe Distr. (Lake Trist).


The rhizome is eaten by the natives.


S. T. BLAKE 1943: p. 165. – In: Black, Fl. S. Austr., ed. 2, 1: f. 222
OHWI 1942 – In: Bot. Mag. Tokyo: 208
Benth. 1878 – In: Fl. Austr.: 403
DOMIN 1915: p. 475. – In: Bibl. Bot.: f. 105
HOOK.ƒ. 1853 – In: Fl. Nov. Zel.: 276
KUNTH 1837 – In: En.: 304
STEUD. 1855 – In: Syn.: 152
KÜK. 1942 – In: Fedde, Rep. 51: 164