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Leea zippeliana


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution New Guinea
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Slender shrub or small tree, able to grow up to 7 m tall.
Foliage Elliptic leaves measuring about 14 - 25 cm by 7 - 10 cm, petiole measuring about 3 - 6 cm long, white patches along midrib.
Stems Young parts of stem slightly pubescent.
Flowers Greenish yellow flowers, usually in clusters of 5.
Fruit Fruit size measuring about 10 - 15 mm long, reddish orange. Seeds usually 6, measuring 8 mm by 5 mm.
Habitat Can be found in primary rainforest, riverine forest and lowlands.
Etymology Genus Leea is named after James Lee (1715 - 1795) who is a Hammersmith nurseryman.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Seed


Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Margin Serrate / Toothed
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate
Foliar Base Cuneate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 32223
Species ID 6631
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.