Elatostema reticulatum— Rainforest Spinach—URTICACEAE

Elatostema reticulatum

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Habitat— In rainforest and moist sclerophyll forest, generally along streams or moist rock faces.

Distribution— North from Batemans Bay area in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Coarse straggling herb to 50 cm high.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Boorganna Nature Reserve and Dingo Tops.

Leaves.— Ovate to elliptic, often slightly falcate, mostly 7 to 15 cm long, 2 to 6 cm wide, apex acuminate, base strongly asymmetric, margins toothed, upper surface ± glabrous, lower surface pubescent; petiole 2 to 4 mm long.

Elatostema reticulatum
Elatostema reticulatum

Inflorescence.—Male heads 12 to 25 mm diam., white or yellowish; peduncle 2 to 8 cm long; female heads c. 9 mm diam., ± sessile.

Flowering.—Summer to Autumn

Fruit.—Star shaped, purplish

Ripe.—Late Winter to Spring.