Friday, January 3, 2014

Botany picture #130: Aristotelia peduncularis

Aristotelia peduncularis (Elaeocarpaceae), Tasmania, 2013. This plant was one of the few disappointments with the online key I have mentioned previously. Although I knew all the traditionally important characters like its flower formula, and although it is extremely distinctive (opposite leaves, and the petals are three-lobed!), I got nowhere. A colleague from the Tasmanian herbarium told me the name of the species when I showed him this picture. An attractive shrub growing in the western rainforests of the island.

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