Pollia macrophylla—Wandering Jew—COMMELINACEAE

Pollia macrophylla

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Habitat—Grows in disturbed but somewhat shaded areas in well developed rainforest on a variety of soils.

Distribution— Endemic to Queensland, occurs in Cape York Peninsula, North East Queensland and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m.

Description—A terrestrial creeping herb, rooting at the nodes, normally attaining a height of about 50 cm but under favourable conditions reaching 1 to 2 m in height.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.—Variable in size but commonly about 17 to 20 by 4 to 5 cm. Lateral veins diverge from the midrib at a very low angle and run parallel to one another. Petiole forms a puberulent, longitudinally veined sheath about 3 to 4 cm long, completely enclosing the stem.

Pollia macrophylla
Pollia macrophylla

Inflorescence.—In whorls of flower clusters. Flowers arranged in pairs and subtended by a common bract. Petals glabrous, about 3 to 4 mm long. Ovary white, glabrous, style ± lateral at the apex of the ovary and protruding from the flower at an angle. Blue.

Flowering.—Mainly Summer

Fruit.—Shiny brown or ± grey, about 4 to 7 mm long. Seeds with a central depression on each side of the seed.

Ripe.—Autumn

Pollia macrophylla