Meiogyne hirsuta (Annonaceae)

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This small rainforest shrub is endemic to the region and when not in flower is probably best recognized it’s longish obovate hairy leaves with very short leaf stalks and bold venation. Like many other members of the Annonaceae family, the leaf veins of this species form loops within the leaf margin. The small fruits are bright orange and covered in brown hairs.

The species was previous known as Ancana hirsuta and also Meiogyne sp. (Henrietta Creek LWJ 512).

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Raised venation and a rather dark green leaf underside

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Bright orange fruit covered with hairs

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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