A very strikingly elegant plant with its 'rabbit's ears' leaves and slender, perfectly erect inflorescence held high above them, Cyrtosperma hambalii A.Dearden & A.Hay is a rhizomatous herb to ca. 1 m tall. Petioles are erect, short, about half the length of the blade, basally dark olive brown, apically mid green, olive green mottled olive brown in between. Leaf blades are sagittate, held with the posterior lobes erect and the anterior lobe pointing obliquely down. Anterior lobe is much shorter than the posterior, narrowly triangular.
The genus name, Cyrtosperma comes from greek 'Curved seed'; probably referring to the shape of the seed.
Name: Cyrtosperma hambalii A.Dearden & A.Hay
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: Rhizome hemicryptophytes
Native Range: SW. New Guinea
Habitat: not yet described
Height: up to150cm ?
Spread: 60-100cm ?
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-54883, IPNI plant ID : 20001020-1; Tropicos ID : 50274454; GBIF taxonKey : 2871917; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1111965; WCSPF ID : 54883; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:20001020-1; IRMNG ID : 10255018; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000936214; Open Tree of Life ID : 3999182
Synonyms: no synonyms are recorded