Eupomatia barbarta (Eupomatiaceae)

Eupomatia bennettii

I watched this specimen for a whole week at the Cairns Botanical Gardens in the hopes that it would flower. It flowered partway and then aborted. What a bummer.

This species is probably even more restricted in distribution than Eupomatia laurina and I have so far only seen it in Cape Tribulation. E. laurina and E. barbata can be readily told apart. Firstly, E. barbata is generally a smaller shrub. Nextly, the venation of E. barbata is much rougher on the underside. Also, the stems of this species has a little extension of the leaf stalk going down the stem. More on this when I get a better shot of the flowers.

Eupomatia barbatum
Developing fruit. Note also the extension of the leaf stalk on the stem.

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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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