Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Alyxia magnifolia F.M.Bailey
Bailey, F.M. (1910) Queensland Agricultural Journal 25(1): 10. Type: Queensland, Wide Bay District. Lake Cootharaba, J. eys 80 (holo: BRI! [AQ332805]).
Large-leaved Chain Fruit
Shrub to 5m; milky latex in young stems and petioles when freshly cut; buds sparsely hairy; stems hairless; stipules several in leaf axils.
Leaves simple, entire, in whorls of (2) 3 or 4; lamina elliptic to ovate; apex acute, spinose; base cuneate, 4-5 cm long, 2-6 cm wide; pinnately veined with 20-30 main lateral veins each side of midrib, faint on upper surface, obscure on lower surface; upper surface glossy dark green; lower surface paler and yellow-green; petiole very short (2-10 mm).
In axillary dichasial cymes; flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, scented; sepals 5; petals 5, white, twisted, united in tube bearing narrow spreading lobes; stamens 5, free; anthers included in floral tube; gynoecium of 2 carpels that are free except for a united style; style head cylindrical, divided; ovaries superior.
A fleshy drupe of one (two) segments, globoid, orange to red, with a single stone in each segment.
Alyxia ilicifolia subsp. magnifolia (F.M.Bailey) P.I.Forst., Australian Systematic Botany 5(5): 569, figs 11, 15B (1992). Type: Queensland, Wide Bay District. Lake Cootharaba, J. Keys 80 (holo: BRI! [AQ332805]).