My first Christensenia! I was delighted to find this plant after a long slog of field work surveying East New Britain. It is so angiosperm-like in appearance we almost walk right past it. This genus is remarkable in that it sports the largest stomata of any vascular plant. You can see them easily on the lower leaf surface. The anastomosing veins and round synangia are also unusual. Unfortunately in my exhaustion I failed to get great images of the synangia. Here is what I came away with.

Collection Data (M. Sundue & H. Maraia 4433)

Classification & Common Names

General Collection Data
  • Date: 16-XI-2019
  • Primary Collector & #: M. Sundue & H. Maraia 4433
  • Collection Party: Irene Engilis, Alan Hitch, Ed de Vogel, John Trochet, Nittya Semard, Allen Allison, Raymon Joshua, Kore Maraia, Dabio, Alois Gambia
  • Det. History: M. Sundue
  • Habitat: Castanopsis forest
  • Habit: Terrestrial
  • Specimen Locations: LAE, VT
Additional Comments

Collection Location