Lepidaria sabaensis

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Lepidaria sabaensis


Glabrous. Leaves opposite; lamina ovate, 3.5-6 by 1.7-3 cm, cuneate to truncate at the base to a petiole 5-10 mm long, broadly acute at the apex, dull on both sides or slightly lustrous above; venation pinnate with the midrib raised below and other veins obscure. Inflorescences at the nodes, a sessile involucrate capitate spike of usually 2 decussate pairs of flowers; involucre 18-22 mm long, pink to red, comprising c. 7 pairs of bracts, the upper ones broadly elliptic, keeled, otherwise smooth or slightly recurved near the apex, spreading at anthesis; floral axis c. 3 mm long; lateral bracts enclosing the flowers c. 15 mm long, keeled, obtuse.


Sabah: Mt Kinabalu present
Malesia: Borneo (Sabah: Mt Kinabalu).


In the original description of Loranthus sabaensis Stapf cited two collections, Haviland 1079 & 1108, which are therefore syntypes. Of the two specimens in K, the former bears more flowering material and is accordingly chosen as lectotype of the species name.