Ginalloa linearis

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Ginalloa linearis


Plant slender, erect, 50-80 cm in diam. Leaves usually rudimentary and normally developed in successive pairs; normally developed leaves linear to narrowly elliptic, attenuate to contracted at the base, more or less sessile, often undulate at the margin, rounded at the apex, obscurely 1-nerved, with veins usually not visible, (5-) 10-40 by 1.5-4 mm; rudimentary leaves rarely lacking, rarely in two successive pairs, (0-)4-12 mm above each leafy node, 0.3-0.5 mm high. Inflorescences mostly terminal, mostly solitary, rarely in threes, rarely axillary, 1.5-10 mm long, a spike of 3—9(—16) pairs of single flowers or sometimes triads; internodes 0.5-1.5 mm long; the bracteal cup c. 0.3 mm long; bracteoles (when present) acute to truncate, almost entire or weakly serrate, c. 0.4 mm long. Fruit ellipsoid to almost globose, smooth, red.


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Sumatera (Sumatera present)
Malesia: Sumatra, Borneo.


When flowers are produced in triads the lateral flowers may develop later than the central one, which may be either male or female. Rudimentary leaves sometimes quite basal, resembling true cataphylls.