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  Homalocladium platycladum
 
  Family: POLYGONACEAE
  Citation:  Homalocladium platycladum (Hook.) L.H.Bailey, Gentes Herb. 2: 58. 1929. Coccoloba platyclada F. Muell. ex Hook. in Curtis, Bot. Mag. t. 5382. 1863. Polygonum platycladum F.Muell., Trans. Phil. Inst. Vict. 2: 73. 1858. Muehlenbeckia platyclados Meisn., Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 23: 313. 1865.
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  English name(s): Ribbon Bush, Centipede Plant, Tapeworm Plant
  Description: An erect, c. 1 m tall shruby plant with broad, flat, thin, articulate, delicately striate, ribbon-like phylloclades. Leaves sessile, membranous, entire, and often lobed at base, 1.5-6.5 cm long. Ochreae 1-2 mm long, ovate, obtuse. Flowers 1-6 in sessile clusters, bracteate, bracts ovate, c.1 mm long. Perianth segments 5, greenish, oblong, 1-1.5 mm long. Stamens 8. Ovary ovoid, 3-angular c. 1 mm long; styles 3. Nuts enclosed in the fleshy deep red or purplish perianth.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-Marsh
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown as garden plant
  Distribution: Native of Pacific Islands
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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