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Genus Amyema Family Loranthaceae

Description: Aerial stem-parasitic shrubs with or without external runners.

Leaves opposite or whorled, rarely scattered, penniveined or with curved longitudinal venation.

Inflorescences usually axillary, sometimes arising between the nodes or from runners, primarily a pedunculate, many-rayed umbel of triads, often variously reduced, bract single beneath each flower. Corolla free; usually 4-, 5-, or 6-merous. Anthers basifixed, immobile. Styles usually articulate at the base.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 90 species cosmopolitan or chiefly Malesia, western Pacific. Australia: 36 species (32 species endemic), all mainland States.

Text by A. L. Quirico
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Amyema conspicua,    Amyema miraculosa,    Amyema plicatula

 Key to the species 
1Leaves terete2
Leaves flat4
2Corolla glabrousAmyema preissii
Corolla tomentose
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3
3Tomentum of the corolla short, grey; corolla slenderAmyema cambagei
Tomentum of the corolla long, white; corolla robust
                       Back to 2
Amyema linophylla subsp. orientalis
4Inflorescences capitate, consisting of 2 sessile triadsAmyema maidenii
Inflorescences umbellate
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5
5Flowers in dyads or triads, all pedicellate6
Flowers in triads or tetrads with at least the central flower sessile
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7
6Rays 2; flowers in dyadsAmyema bifurcata
Rays 3–6; flowers in triads
                       Back to 5
Amyema miquelii
7Calyx woolly-white below, glabrous or nearly so above8
Calyx not as above
                       Back to 5
9
8Rays 2; lateral flowers of the triads shortly pedicellateAmyema conspicuum
Rays usually 4; all flowers of the triad sessile
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Amyema lucasii
9Rays of the umbel 2 or 310
Rays of the umbel 3–5
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12
10Corolla less than 10 mm longAmyema gaudichaudii
Corolla more than 10 mm long
                       Back to 9
11
11Corolla glabrousAmyema miraculosum
Corolla shortly and densely tomentose
                       Back to 10
Amyema quandang
12Stems spreading; lamina less than 10 cm long, apex roundedAmyema congener
Stems pendent; lamina more than 10 cm long, apex acute
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Amyema pendula

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