Connarus conchocarpus (Connaraceae)

Connarus conchocarpus

It took me a while to figure this rainforest species out because I did not at first take note that it was a climber. The leaves are trifoliate, which means that it is a compound leaf with 3 leaflets. At first I thought that this was a Sapindaceae because of the fruits which had an arillate seed (the little yellow appendage at the base of the black seed). However, I couldn’t get a proper match in the Rainforest Key.

Later it dawned on me to check up an obscure family called the Connaraceae, which is a botanical family that consists mainly of rainforest climbers and it dawned upon me what this species was. This reinforces the importance of making note of the lifeform of a plant when observing or photographing it.

Australia only has 2 members of this family.

More on this when I get some close up shots of the leaves.

Connarus conchocarpus

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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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