Graptophyllum reticulatum—Veiny Graptophyllum—ACANTHACEAE

Graptophyllum reticulatum

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Habitat— In Subtropical Rainforest.

Distribution— Confined to the Nambour District in Queensland.

Description—Shrub

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed or lobed. Leaves usually unequal in size, oblong–ovate, 2 to 10.5 cm long, apex acute and spinose, base rounded, margins with 5 to 8 pairs of spinose teeth, hairless, leathery, upper surface dark green, lower surface paler, main veins and net veins prominent on both surfaces; petiole 3 to 5 mm long.

Graptophyllum reticulatum
Graptophyllum reticulatum

Inflorescence.— Flowers tubular, 2–lipped, commonly 1 cm long, white with mauve spots.

Flowering.— Spring to Summer

Fruit.—A capsule, club–shaped, 15 to 17 mm long, ±woody, green to brownish, dehiscing and explosively shedding seed.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn