Saurauia andreana (Actinidiaceae)

Saurauia andreana Ellinnja Falls DSC_0412 (5)

This hairy rainforest shrub is the only Australian representative of the Kiwi fruit family. Interestingly it was first named Dillenia andreana by Mueller, probably due to to the superficial similarly of the appearance of the flowers to Dillenia. But of course, Dillenia is from a totally different family altogether (See Dillenia alata).

Andre’s Saurauia is often found along water courses in lowland to upland rainforest. The leaves are alternate, wider nearer the apex (i.e. obovate-shaped), have toothed margins, and are hairy throughout. The flowers are borne in the leaf axils and often facing downwards. The petals are white or white with hints of pink.

Saurauia andreana Millaa Millaa Falls DSC_0361 (6)

Saurauia andreana Millaa Millaa Falls DSC_0361 (8)
Developing flower

Saurauia andreana Ellinnja Falls DSC_0412 (1)

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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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3 Responses to Saurauia andreana (Actinidiaceae)

  1. What a beautiful set of pictures of a gorgeous flower. It must have an odor to attract pollinators, which would be????? Surely you did not find this is Queensland? Note from Nelda Ikenberry, nearing the finish line on a book about the LIFE of Mary Strong Clemens. What a joy to travel with her for her 95 years, 1873 to 1968.
    Nelda B. Ikenberry

  2. Chris C. says:

    David, those photos are fantastic. Really beautiful. Chris C.

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