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Acronychia aberrans T.G.Hartley

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Fruit, three views and cross section. © W. T. Cooper
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Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. © CSIRO
10th leaf stage. © CSIRO

Hartley, T.G. (1974) Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 55: 518. Type: Atherton Tableland, Forest Reserve 310, Hyland 998 (BRI, holotype).

Common name

Plasticine Tree; Plasticene Aspen; Acid Berry; Lemon Aspen


Blaze odour may resemble that of mango (Mangifera indica) or carrots (Daucus carota).


Oil dots quite numerous, closely spaced. Leaf blades about 13-28 x 5.6-15 cm. Lateral veins forming fairly definite loops inside the blade margin. Leafy twigs tending to be square in cross section like a cylinder of plasticine which has been squeezed at a number of points between finger and thumb, each squeeze being at right angles to the previous one.


Inflorescence usually more than 2 cm long. Disk orange. Flowers about 8 mm long. Stamens eight, dimorphic, four long and four short, in one whorl, long and short stamens alternating.


Fruits +/- globular, about 30-35 mm diam. Seeds about 6-7 mm long.


Cotyledons about 12-15 mm long, margins toothed. At first leaf stage leaves trifoliolate, 1 or 2 pairs produced before simple leaves. At the tenth leaf stage: petiole channelled or flat on the upper surface, semicircular below. Seed germination time 190 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Windsor Tableland, the Mt Spurgeon-Mt Lewis area and the Boonjee area. Altitudinal range from 700-1400 m. Grows in well developed upland and mountain rain forest.

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