Gynochthodes canthoides—Veiny Morinda—RUBIACEAE.

Gynochthodes canthoides

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Habitat— Grows in Dry Rainforest; not common.

Distribution—North from Wallis Lake in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Woody climber, sometimes a shrub, ± glabrous.

Local occurrences

Copeland and Yahoo Island.

Leaves.— Opposite; lamina ovate to oblong–ovate, mostly 3 to 8 cm long, 1.5 to 4 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate, base cuneate to rounded, domatia pit—like, inconspicuous in vein axils, lamina leathery—textured, dry; petiole 2 to 5 mm long.

Gynochthodes canthoides
Gynochthodes canthoides

Inflorescence.—axillary, 1 to 3 together on peduncles c. 2 to 5 mm long, unisexual. Calyces ± united, irregularly toothed. Corolla cream, tube shorter than lobes, lobes 4 or 5, 2 to 3 mm long.


Fruit.—Syncarp irregularly shaped or globose, mostly 4 to 10 mm diam., orange—red


Gynochthodes canthoides