Sciaphila densiflora

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Sciaphila densiflora

Description

Erect herb, seldom branched and if so, then at the base, c. 6-43 cm high. Leaves oblong-ovate to ovate, acute, c. 1.5-5 by c. 0.6-2.5 mm, mostly semi-amplexicaul, appressed. Flowers all around, sometimes with a tendency towards one side. Stamens 6, c. 0.2 mm;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Borneo present (Sarawak present); Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present; Philippines (Philippines present), Ceylon present, Flores present, Lesser Sunda Is present, Luzon present, Natuna Is present, New Caledonia present, Normanby present, Rossel present, Sudest Is present, Timor present, W. & E. Kalimantan present
Ceylon; in Malesia: Lesser Sunda Is. (Timor, Flores), Borneo (Sarawak, W. & E. Kalimantan; Natuna Is.), Philippines (Luzon), Moluccas (Halmaheira), New Guinea (all parts except the SW. part; also in Normanby, Rossel and Sudest Is.) and New Caledonia.

Notes

Fresh plant coral-pink, purplish or red; flowers red with yellow stamens, fruits red.
In NGF 19532 (K, liquid) the pedicels are almost parallel to the stem.

Citation

J.J. SMITH 1927: p. 326. – In: Nova Guinea. pl. 36: 3
GIESEN 1938: p. 48. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 9: 7-8
GIESEN 1938: p. 48. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 9: 9-10
GIESEN 1938: p. 46. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 9: 3
GIESEN 1938: p. 46. – In: Pfl. R. Heft. f. 9: 1-2