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Phytocrene bracteata 041004-2147 | by Tony Rodd
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Phytocrene bracteata 041004-2147

Sabah: Poring Hot Springs, at east base of Mt Kinabalu, in slightly disturbed submontane rainforest a short distance above base of mountain slope.

 

See adjacent shot for growth habit.

 

Uploaded as "Liana unknown family", but I now know it is Phytocrene in family Icacinaceae, thanks to Scott Zona and his palm colleague, eminent Kew botanist John Dransfield (see comments below).

 

Not much can be found from a search on this genus, over and above what I find in its entry in my most useful of all references Mabberley's Plant-book (3rd edn, 2008) -- "11 SE As., Mal. Lianes with large vessel-elements -- sources of potable water when cut."

[That means it has 11 species, occurring in Southeast Asia and Malesia. Botanists use the term Malesia to mean all of the Malay Archipelago plus peninsular Malaysia].

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Taken on October 4, 2004