H.P. Jebb, 1991
This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by
Matthew H.P. Jebb in 1991. It is found
in Taveuni island of the Fiji, growing as a very exposed epiphyte with
some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 30
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 60 centimetres in
height. The flowers are white.
The genera name refers to the
presence of fringed scales, or squamellae, which are produced
within the petals in some species. The species name from the Fijian
name theke theke nkau for tuber-forming ant-plants, literally
meaning ‘testicles of trees’.
So far, it is the only plant
found, and it might be a hybrid, and not a species.
See the key to the
species of Squamellaria on the
to the genera of the HYDNOPHYTTNAE is found on the