Elaeagnus triflora (Elaeagnaceae)

Elaeagnus triflora

Was botanizing around some rainforest-savanna boundaries when I stumbled upon a rather interesting rainforest shrubby vine. The key defining feature was obvious – the leaf underside had a rusty-silvery look to it. It also often has spines at the leaf axils.

Elaeagnus triflora

I later worked out that it must be Elaeagnus triflora, the famed Millaa Millaa Vine of the region, which piqued my curiosity even more. This shrub must be one of the southernmost outlier of a genus that is more typically of temperate and subtropical regions of Asia, where other species are known as Silverberries for their edible fruit. The fruit of E. triflora are edible as well although I have yet to try.

Elaeagnus triflora

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The dried persistent calyx

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Spindle-shaped seed

Elaeagnus triflora


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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