Macrolenes echinulata (Naudin) Bakh. f.

Etymology Genus Unknown
Species From Greek echinulatos; referring to the spine-like hairs that covers much of the plant
Family Melastomataceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Spiny Macrolenes
Status Native: Critically Endangered
Form Climber
Native Distribution -

Diagnostics:

A climber that seems to reside mainly in freshwater regions, Macrolenes echinulata has tri-veined leaves typical of the family. It has distinct dense and long reddish hairs covering much of the stem, leaf and flower stalks, underside of leaf veins, and the flowers' receptacles. The leaf base is also cordate. The flower's calyx are long, persistent and curved backwards.


Interesting Facts:

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Growing from a swamp in Nee Soon Swamp Forest (2010).

Opposite tri-veined leaves; they appear glossy because of the rain.

Young red leaves.

Underside of leaves, and long reddish hairs.

Cordate leaf-base.

Persistent recurved calyx lobes.


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Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-12-27