Palmeria hypotephra (Monimiaceae)

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This is a little known endemic vine of slightly more upland rainforest and deserves more attention. The combination of opposite leaves with a shiny upperside and white-hairy underside, along with the looping veins that come of the midrib at a high angle should help with identifying this. The more frequently encountered cousin, Palmeria scandens looks similar but appears to have leaves that are softer in texture and not white hairy underneath.
Like members of this family, this vine has rays (i.e. an oak grain) in the cross-sections of the twigs.

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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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