Apodytes brachystylis (Icacinaceae)

Apodytes brachystylis DSC_0658

Sometimes botanists make note of the strangest kinds of characters and for this plant a very strange character was related to me. It is said that if you microwave this plant it will cackle. A curious character indeed. The minds of botanists are like deep oceans. We should perhaps bring a microwave out in the field for verification!

This Queensland endemic tree is known as the Buff Alder and in the field can most reliably be identified by the yellowish grooved leaf stalks in conjunction with the wavy leaf margins and alternate leaf arrangement. More on this species when I see some flowers and fruits.


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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