Gmelina fasiculiflora (Northern White Beech) (Lamiaceae)

Gmelina fasiculiflora

In a way, the unification of much of the Verbena (Verbenaceae) with the Mint family (Lamiaceae) makes it easy to pinpoint what family this tree belongs to. This tree used to belong to the Verbena family but the tubular flowers are very reminiscent of mint flowers.

FNQ has 3 species of Gmelina but G. fasiculiflora is distinguished by the purple lip of the flowers. The leaves are glaucous on the underside and has a leathery texture.

Gmelina fasiculiflora (Northern White Beech)
Leaves and flowers

Gmelina fasiculiflora
Details of flowers

Gmelina fasiculiflora
Fruits which ripen purple

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Underside of leaf. Note the hairy domatia

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Opposite leaves and decussate arrangement (i.e. at each node, the leaves are comming out at a 90 degree angle from the previous or succeeding node). Note also that the stems are somewhat angular, like a typical mint plant

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Am overdoing this species but here it is again, zoomed out a little.

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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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