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Koster's Curse

Clidemia hirta

Description:

This plant that I found was about 3 feet tall and didn't have any flowers or fruits yet. The leaves were 13 cm long and 7 cm wide. Its leaf shape is ovate and its leaf margins is sirrulate. It has a fuzzy texture on the leaf. The leaf venation is netted pinnate/pairnate and the leaf arrangement is opposite. This plant grows on a stem, not a trunk.

Habitat:

This plant is growing in a secondary rainforest in a shady area. It was shaded by some tall trees.

Notes:

Koster's Curse is an invasive plant species in many tropical regions of the world, creating serious damage. The plant grows 1-5 meters tall, depending on the habitat. It flowers and fruits all year, if conditions are moist enough. A large plant can produce more than 500 fruits in a single year. It was originally known as "the curse" for the damage it did to coconut plantations. Koster's Curse can form dense thickets that smother plantations, pastures, and native vegetation.

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1 Comment

jareda1
jareda1 8 years ago

This is a fantastic spotting. Keep up the good work!

Singapore American School
Spotted by a stud ent at Singapore American School

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Feb 27, 2013
Submitted on Mar 2, 2013

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