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Fieldia (plant)

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Gesneriaceae
Scientific name  Fieldia australis
Order  Lamiales
Genus  Fieldia
Rank  Species
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Fieldia australis, usually referred to as fieldia is a small climbing plant or epiphyte found in eastern Australian rainforests. Commonly seen in the cooler rainforests at higher altitudes. It also grows in the warmer rainforests with a high humidity. The plant uses adventitious roots to grip hold of tree trunks, mossy rocks or tree ferns.

Leaves are 3 to 7 cm long 1 to 3 cm wide, reverse ovate or elliptical in shape with toothed edges. The leaf stem is around 8 mm long. Flowering occurs mostly in summer or autumn, being an attractive, relatively long thin white flower. The fruit is a whitish berry with some purple markings. Egg-shaped or oblong, 1 to 3 cm long, and around 11 mm in diameter.

Taxonomy

Fieldia australis was originally described and placed in its own genus Fieldia by botanist Allan Cunningham in 1825. The name Fieldia honours Barron Field (1786–1846), judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, amateur naturalist and editor of the book Geographical Memoirs on New South Wales in which the genus and species name were first published.

References

Fieldia (plant) Wikipedia


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