Ginalloa angustifolia

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Ginalloa angustifolia


Plant slender, probably pendulous, to 0.6 m long. Leaves rudimentary and normally developed in successive pairs; normally developed leaves linear to narrowly lanceolate, often falcate, attenuate at the base to an obscure petiole 2-4 mm long, attenuate and finally shortly rounded at the apex, 3-nerved, with veins visible on both sides, 40-60 by 2-8 mm; rudimentary leaves (7-) 10-25 mm above each leafy node, c. 0.5 mm high. Inflorescencess commonly terminal, often in threes, sometimes axillary, 10-40 mm long, a spike of 4-10 pairs of triads or single flowers; internodes 2-7 mm long; bracteal cup c. 1 mm long; bracteoles acuminate, serrate, 0.4-0.8 mm long. Fruit ellipsoid, smooth or slightly rugose, orange or red.


Luzon present, Negros present, Palawan present
Malesia: Philippines (Luzon, Negros, Palawan).


Closely related to G. arnottiana, differing in the narrow, more or less falcate 3-veined leaves shortly rounded at the apex and the shorter inflorescence. Also similar to G. spathulifolia of Sri Lanka, differing in the cataphyll-like rudimentary leaves being less consistently positioned near the stem bases, smaller persistent tepals on the fruits and shorter more sharply differentiated inflorescences.