Elatostema stipitatum— Rainforest Spinach—URTICACEAE

Elatostema stipitatum

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Habitat— Mostly in rainforest along creeks and seepages.

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

Description— Slender erect or prostrate herb with stems to 30 cm long, often forming mats over extensive areas.

Local occurrences

Coorabakh National Park and Tapin Tops National Park

Leaves.— Ovate to elliptic, often slightly falcate, mostly 1 to 6 cm long, 1 to 2.5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base slightly asymmetric, margins toothed, pubescent; petiole 0 to 2 mm long.

Inflorescence.— Male and female heads c. 5 mm diam., whitish; peduncles c. 1 to 2 cm long.

Flowering.—Summer to Autumn

Fruit.—Star shaped, purplish

Ripe.—Late Winter to Spring.

Elatostema stipitatum