Pollia crispata—Pollia—COMMELINACEAE.

Pollia crispata

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest or on rainforest margins, in wet places or along creeks.

Distribution— North from Cambewarra Range, inland to Belmore Falls and Elands in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description—Perennial herb; stems ascending, to c. 1 m high.

Local occurrences

Cape Hawke and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Lamina narrow—ovate, 10 to 19 cm long, 2 to 3.5 cm wide, glabrous, apex acuminate, tapering at the base; sheath 2.5 to 3.5 cm long, undulate around the orifice.

Pollia crispata
Pollia crispata

Inflorescence.—Terminal, almost sessile, 3.5 to 5 cm long. Outer tepals imbricate; inner tepals 4 to 6 mm long, white or sometimes blue. Fertile stamens 3, staminodes 3.

Flowering.—Spring to Autumn.

Fruit.—5 to 6 mm long; seeds grey

Ripe.—Autumn to Winter.