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Scrambling Red Berry; Deeringia

(Deeringia amaranthoides, fam. Amaranthaceae)

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Deeringia usually grows as a tree top vine but occasionally flowers and fruits as a shrub (scandent shrub) attaining 6m or more. Branches are often drooping. Vine stem diameters up to 5 cm have been recorded. Concentric rings visible in transverse sections of the stem.

Locally it can be seen as a shrub in and adjacent to beach scrubs around Cape Gloucester.

Form or habit: Shrub or small tree,Climbing or twining plant
Latex:Unknown
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Leaf blades about 2.7-15 x 1-8 cm, petioles about 0.4-3.5 cm long, grooved on the upper surface. Twigs longitudinally ribbed.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: White
Flower description:Occur in interrupted spikes up to 25cm long in the upper axils or in loose terminal panicles. Anthers white, filaments white, fused to form a ring or cup at the base of the ovary, pollen white.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Pink to Red
Fruit: Fleshy
Fruit description: Bright red when ripe, about 4-7 mm diameter, 3- furrowed. Style scar present at the apex.
Habitat:Rainforest,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest
Distribution:It occurs in Western Australia, Cape York, North-east Qld and southwards as far as south-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to about 800 m. Grows in rain forest, particularly the drier types. It also occurs
in Asia and Malesia.
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:Australia; Asia; Malasia
Weed:No
Weed status:
Notes:
Information sources:
WCL newsletter July 2011, Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants, CSIRO website; NSW Flora Online; Flora of Pakistan (www.efloras.org)

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