Capparis lucida (Coast Caper) – Tube Stock

$15.00

Usually found at low elevations close to sea level.
Grows in beach forest but also found in vine thickets and monsoon forest.

10 in stock

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Description

Stem
Frequently grows into a small tree, sometimes somewhat scandent but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub 3-4 m tall.

Leaves
Midrib and lateral veins raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Petioles and twigs pubescent. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Leaf blades about 3-10 x 2-5 cm.

Flowers
Sepals about 9-13 mm long. Outer pair of sepals fused to form a calyptra which splits irregularly. Inner pair of sepals free from one another. Petals about 15-20 mm long. Stamens about 50-85. Gynophore about 25-65 mm long, pubescent at the base.

Fruit
Fruit globose, about 2.5-5 cm diam., pericarp smooth. Seeds numerous, each about 6 mm long. Cotyledons folded and rolled and located +/- in the centre of the spiralled embryo.

Seedlings
Cotyledons lanceolate, about 22-30 x 11-15 mm, apex acute, base obtuse. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves ovatestipules straight and spiny, about 4-7 mm long. Stem hairs translucent to white, small and hooked at the apexSeed germination time 19 to 32 days.

 

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