Aneilema acuminatum —Aneilema—COMMELINACEAE

Aneilema acuminatum

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest or tall sclerophyll forest.

Distribution—North from Bulli district and inland to Barrington Tops in New South Wales into Queensland

Description—Weak, slender, perennial herb with ascending stems to c. 40 cm high.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Copeland, Dixon Property, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Stephen Street Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Lamina discolorous, narrow—ovate to lanceolate, 4 to 10 cm long, 10 to 25 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, upper surface minutely scabrous; sheath up to 20 mm long, ciliate at the orifice.

Aneilema acuminatum
Aneilema acuminatum

Inflorescence—To 15 cm long; pedicels slender, 2 to 8 mm long. Outer tepals 2 to 4 mm long; inner tepals 4 to 6 mm long, white. Fertile stamens 2 or 3, staminodes 3.

Flowering.—August to January

Fruit—Flattened, c. 4 mm long; seeds pale grey, rugose.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn