Alyxia squamulosa

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Alyxia squamulosa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Alyxia
Species: A. squamulosa
Binomial name
Alyxia squamulosa
C.Moore & F.Muell.
Synonyms
  • Alyxia lindii

Alyxia squamulosa, commonly known as Alyxia Vine, is a species of shrub in the Apocynaceae family. It is endemic to Australia’s subtropical Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. The specific epithet derives from the many bracteoles, or ‘scales’ (Latin: squamae, with the diminutive suffix -ulus) that subtend the flowers.[1] The plant previously known as Alyxia lindii is considered a taxonomic synonym of A. squamulosa, being reassigned in 2002.[2]

Description[edit]

The plant has a tendency to climb. Its leaves grow in whorls of five and are 2–5 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm wide. The fetid white flowers are about 7 mm long, clustered in dense, rounded, terminal inflorescences 2–4 cm in diameter. The fruits are drupaceous, blue-black and about 2 cm long.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The plant is found only on Lord Howe Island, on the lower hills of the island, as well as the higher southern peaks.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alyxia squamulosa C.Moore & F.Muell". Flora of Australia Online (Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 49 (1994)). ABRS. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Alyxia lindii". Biodiversity.org.au. Commonwealth of Australia. 2002. Retrieved 27 June 2017.