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Datasheet for Tapeinochilos brassii

Plant Datasheet for Tapeinochilos brassii

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Photo# 17503 Specimen# R0
T. brassii - photo by Ann Cains, El Arish Tropical Exotics

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Photo# 17504 Specimen# R0
T. brassii - photo by Bruce Dunstan

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Photo# 17505 Specimen# R0
T. brassii- photo by Robert Jackson

BOTANICAL NAME: Tapeinochilos brassii
FORMAL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tapeinochilos brassii Gideon

Osia Gideon Monograph: Listed as a basal flowering species. Bracts not woody, coriaceous. Bracts recurved, broader than 17 mm. Anterior calyx lobe developed, bracts entirely glabrous. Inflorescence scape short, < 10 cm long; abaxial leaf surface puberulous, very rarely glabrous, inflorescence mostly < 7 cm in diameter, only known from Papua and Papuan Islands.

Specimen at NYBG Herbarium -

Name: Costaceae Tapeinocheilos brassii Gideon (Isotype) Ined.
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Location: Papua New Guinea. Central. Dieni, Ononge Road. Alt. 500 m.
Collector: L. J. Brass 3874 Apr 28,1933- Archibald Expedition, Flora of Papua
Description: Much branched shrub 2-2.5 m; several stems in a clump; stem 4 times branched; very hard stiff shiny red bracts & yellow fleshy fruits. Fertile. Common.
Habitat: Open places in rain forest.
Other: NY Specimen ID: 38206 Comments: O. G. Gideon, 1994. - identified as a new species and named it after the collector, L. J. Brass.

Listed at El Arish Tropical Exotics in Australia
"Bottom flowering Tapeinochilos with attractive bamboo like stems. The inflorescence are similar in coloring to T. pubescens but are smaller more rounded and more prolific."

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