LaFrankie, J.V. "Flora of the Philippines: Proteaceae. [Draft] ", Flora of the Philippines, updated September 3, 2012. University of the Philippines, accessed on [today's date] at <http://www.philippineflora.info>.
     
 
       
HELICIA LORANTHOIDES
Helicia loranthoides C Presl, Epim. (1851) 247.
 
Synopsis: A small shrub of exposed mountain ridges; the blade is elliptic, the margin entire, the leaf tip is blunt, when dry, the nerves number 5-7, and the veins are raised. It is known only from the Philippines, but found widely here, not unexpected on mountains above 1000 m.

Technical description: Latin description by Sleumer (1955): " Arbor gracilis, 3-10 m alta, trunco 10-25 cm diam., cortice saturate brunneo lenticellis dense obtecto. Ramuli teretes, ndvelli diutius saturate ferrugineo- vel griseo-flavescenti-tomentosi, tarde (tempore fructuum) glabrati. Folia obovata vel oblongo-obovata, rarius oblonga, apice ± late attenuata, apice ipso subrotundato-obtusa, rarius obtuse acuminata, basi in petiolum cuneata et ± decurrentia, satis coriacea, rigida, in vivo supra dilute viridia, subtus glauco-viridia, in sicco supra plerumque flavo-viridia et initio ferrugineo-sericeo-tomentella, sed citissime glabrata et subnitentia, subtus pallidiora, opaca, initio ± dense ferrugineo-tomentosa, cito omnino glabrescentia et cinerascenti-glaucescentia, integra rarius subdentata, (5—) 6-8(-10, rarius ad 14) cm longa, (2.5—)2.8-4(--5.5) cm lata, costa supra fere plana, subtus ± distincte elevata, nervis lateralibus utroque latere 5- 7 in parte asali subrectis, superne arcuatis interque sese conjunetis, utrinque parum sed distincte prominulis, venis venulisque utrinque laete denseque reticulatis et prominulis; petiolus applanatus, primo tomentellus, cito glabrescens, 0.8-1.5(-2) cm longus. Racemi solitarii rarius gemini, erecti, ex axillis summis orti, initio in omnibus partibus rufo-ferrugineo-tomentosi, tomento in perianthiorum apicibus saepius ± rarescente, 8-17 cm longi, fere ad basin densiflori. Rhachis 1.5-2 mm crassa. Bracteae anguste ovatae, acutiuseulae, 1-2 mm longae. Pedicelli plerumque gemini, liberi vel usque ad medium connati, sub anthesi 2-3 mm longi, ± erassiusculi, sub fructu paullo accrescentes. Perianthium (7—)8-9 mm longum, in vivo albidum vel flavidum, tube 0.6-1 (raro usque ad 1.5) mm diam., limbo ± 1.5 mm diam. Antherae' 1.6 mm Glandulae hypogynae parvae, liberae, approximatae. Ovarium ferrugineo-villosum, stylo gracili glabro. Fructus ovoideo-ellipsoideus., in sicco nigrescens, glaber, minute verruculo­sus, c. 1 (rarius usque ad 1.5) cm longus, (0.6—)0.8-1 cm diam., periearpio ± 0.6 mm crasso."

 

Edano 77817, Mt. Balagbag, Palawan, May 1929. Edano 77817, Mt. Balagbag, Palawan, May 1929.
Busemeyer et al. 189, Mt. High Peak, Zambales, Luzon, 1400 m. Busemeyer et al. 189, Mt. High Peak, Zambales, Luzon, 1400 m.