Common name: Cunjevoi, Spoon Lily
Alocasia brisbanensis (F.M.Bailey) Domin APNI*
Description: Massive erect to decumbent herb 1–1.8 m high; stem c. 12 cm diam., covered in old leaf bases.
Leaves sagittate to ovate-sagittate, to c. 70 cm long and 60 cm wide, glossy green, glabrous; petiole to c. 1.1 m long, purplish brown to green.
Peduncle about as long as the petioles. Spathe c. 25 cm long, constricted about a third of the length from the base, the limb ovate to lanceolate, spoon-like (rarely reflexed), usually green, withering away. Spadix slightly shorter than the spathe, tapering, highly fragrant. Male flowers usually linear with up to 40 fused anthers.
Fruit ovoid, 8–15 mm long, red when ripe; fruiting head enclosed by lower part of spathe.
Flowering: mostly early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on rainforest margins and as an understorey herb; chiefly in coastal districts, north from the Illawarra region, inland to Dorrigo and upper Clarence River.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld *W.A.
Text by A. Hay
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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