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Dwarf Harpullia

Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Dwarf Harpullia: Harpullia frutescens

  • As suggested by the specific epithet (which apparently means 'becoming shrubby' in Latin, Nicholson and Nicholson 1994), this is a small shrub.

  • It's leaves are compound and they, and the leaflets, are alternate.

  • The plant's most distinctive feature is the flattened out nature of the stem (winged rachis), and the leaves have long drip tips.

  • This shrub produces small white and pink flowers followed by orange or red fruit that split open to reveal two seeds in two compartments.

  • The black seeds are mostly covered in orange aril.

  • It is usually found in the Understorey of relatively undisturbed tropical rainforest in the wet tropics of north-eastern Queensland.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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