Cleistanthus myrianthus (Phyllanthaceae)

Cleistanthus myrianthus

This rare lowland rainforest plant is a cousin of the common Weeping Cleisthanthus (Cleistanthus apodus). I had the very good fortune to have been introduced to this plant by a great botanist of our times, Stuart Worboys at Cooper’s Creek, Daintree. Like the Weeping Cleisthanthus and many members of the Phyllanthaceae, it also has stipules and alternate leaves. But otherwise, it is non-descript to the max! Fortunately it does have a peculiar character that may aid one in recognizing it. The leaves have a silvery sheen underneath. I ain’t seen any flowers yet, so until then…

Cleistanthus myrianthus

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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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