Polycarpaea zollingeri

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Polycarpaea zollingeri


Slender, erect, pubescent annual. Leaves sessile, narrowly elliptic to linear, mucronate, pubescent, 2-7 by 1-2 mm. Stipules narrowly ovate-oblong, 4 by 0.7 mm including a 2 mm thread-like apex; Sepals scarious, ovate-oblong, acute, 3.5-4 by 1.3 mm, central part c. 0.5 mm wide, green, herbaceous, appressedly hairy, disappearing c. 1 mm below apex, with 3 anastomosing nerves. Petals scarious, oblong-elliptic, with blunt apex, slightly erose or bifid, 1.5-2.5 by 0.7-1 mm, midrib well-marked, disappearing c. 1 mm below apex. Stamens 1-2 mm; Ovary ellipsoid, 1 by 0.5-0.7 mm; Capsule ellipsoid, 2 by 1 mm, brownish striate in upper part. Seeds numerous, reniform, light brown with darker spots, 0.3-0.5 mm.


Asia-Tropical: Lesser Sunda Is. endemic, Flores present
Endemic to the Lesser Sunda Islands. Besides the type collection from Mt Tambora, there is a slightly deviating collection from Flores. It has bifid petals and a shorter style.


Fenzl in Zoll. 1857 – In: Nat. Tijd. Ned. Ind. p 163
Miq. 1855 – In: Fl. Ned. Ind. p 1052