Psychotria loniceroides (Hairy Psychotria) (Rubiaceae)

Psychotria loniceroides (Hairy Psychotria)

Was wondering around a rainforest understorey by the side of a road when this lovely hairy plant caught my attention. I knew in an instant it was a member of the Coffee family because it had opposite leaves with a interpetiolar stipule (a little leaf-like appendage at the node where the two leaf stalks meet).

Psychotria loniceroides (Hairy Psychotria)

Psychotria loniceroides (Hairy Psychotria)

The strong veined hairy leaves led easily to the identification of the shrub as the Hairy Psychotria, Psychotria loniceroides.

The flowers were small and pretty attractive. On a whole I think this plant would make an awesome pot plant if it can be maintained in a pot.

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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