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Abstract. The plant Diplocyclos palmatus (L.) Jeffry is well known as Shivalingi. It is a seasonal climber plant which includes rich medicinal. Diplocyclos palmatus (L.) y subsp. palmatus, Kew Bulletin 45(2): ( ), Type:?. Diplocyclos palmatus subsp. palmatus , Kew Bulletin. Lollipop Climber is a perennial climber with hairless stem, becoming thickened and white dotted on the ridges when older. Leaves are broadly.

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GreenKew Bulletin 45 2: NaudinAnnales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique ser. NaudinL’Illustration Horticole: Sri Lanka, Hermann; lecto: Queensland, Brisbane River, F. Habitat in Queensland Australia coll.

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Leaf blades deeply palmately lobed with 5 major lobes. Leaf blades about x cm, petioles about cm long. Leaves emit an unpleasant odour when crushed. Upper palmatks of the leaf blade clothed in scattered scabrid hairs.


Tendrils 2- branched, leaf-opposed. Usually one female flower and three male flowers in each leaf axil. Male flowers about 20 mm diam.

Hypanthium mm long, calyx lobes about 2 mm long, bases inflatedlobes spreading. Petals mm long, densely hairy on the inner surface. Pqlmatus mm long, filaments about 2 mm long, very hairy towards the base.

Two anthers bilocular, one anther unilocular. Anther locules bent and twisted. Female flowers about 15 mm diam. Calyx lobes about 2 mm long, bases inflatedlobes spreading.

Petals about 8 mm long, densely hairy on the inner surface. Staminodes 3, about 3 mm long, densely hairy. Style about 3 mm long and then branching into 3 arms or stigmas.

Diplocyclos palmatus

Fruits ovoid to ellipsoidabout x mm, surface ornamented with irregular longitudinal markings. Seeds about per fruiteach seed about mm long, irregularly shaped, vaguely like tear drops or bird skulls.

Cotyledons about mm long.

Radicle straight, very short, about 0. Cotyledons ellipticabout x mm, petioles about 2 mm long. Lalmatus and stem above the cotyledons clothed in small recurved trichomes or spines.


First pair of true leaves deeply 3-lobed or trifoliolatemargins toothed. At the tenth leaf stage: Leaf blade deeply lobed with main lobes each drawn out into a long acuminate tip at the apex. Stem ‘hairs’ recurved and resemble miniature spines. Upper surface of the leaf blade hispidclothed in short hairs. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to m. Grows in vine thicket, monsoon forestdisturbed areas in lowland, upland and mountain rain dilocyclos.

Also occurs in New Guinea and other parts of Malesia. The fruits of this species have been suspected of causing illness and death in children.

Click on images to enlarge Scale bar 10mm. Copyright Barry Jago Male flowers. Cooper Cotyledon and 1st leaf stage, epigeal germination.