M.H.P. Jebb & C.R. Huxley, 2016
This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by
Matthew H.P. Jebb and Camilla Rose Huxley in 2016. It is found on
five islands in the Vanuatu archipelago;
Erromango island, Efate island, Maewo island, Pentecost island and
Espiritu Santo Island, growing on the stems of the trees with
plenty water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 40
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 80 centimetres in
flowers are white.
genera name refers to the presence of fringed scales, or
squamellae, which are produced within the petals in some
species. The species name is for its geographic distribution on Vanuatu.
differs from the other species in the genus by the presence of dense
triangular papery bracts around inflorescences with minute flowers.
See the key to the
species of Squamellaria on the
to the genera of the HYDNOPHYTTNAE is found on the