Deeringia amaranthoides —Shrubby Deeringia—AMARANTHACEAE

Deeringia amaranthoides

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Habitat—Margins of Rainforest.

Distribution—From the far south coast of New South Wales, north into Queensland.

Description—Climber to 4 m high, or sometimes a small shrub, often flowering when quite small.

Local occurrences

Booti Hill

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, pubescent, ovate to lanceolate; lamina 5 to 25 cm long, to 6 cm wide; petiole 1 to 2 cm long, very soft and herbaceous. Leaf base not extended into a horizontal ridge around stem, tapering into the petiole.

Deeringia amaranthoides
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Deeringia amaranthoides

Inflorescence— In interrupted spikes to 25 cm long in upper axils or in loose terminal panicles, bisexual. Bracts small and papery. Perianth segments ovate, scarcely 2 mm long, obtuse. Stamens 5, fused at the base. Ovary globose, glabrous; styles 3.

Flowering.—March to April.

Fruit—Berry subglobose, 4 to 5 mm diam., red, 3—furrowed.

Ripe.—May to June.

Deeringia amaranthoides