Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Antidesma hylandii Airy Shaw

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Male flowers. © CSIRO
Female flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and immature fruit [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and fruit [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Scale bar 10mm. © CSIRO

Airy Shaw, H.K. (1981) Kew Bulletin 36: 636. Type: Queensland, between Lockerbie & Somerset, Hyland 10265; holo: K; iso: QRS.


Usually grows into a small tree but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.


Leaf blade about 8.5-17.5 x 3.5-7.5 cm, petioles about 1-2 cm long. Stipules small, filiform, about 2-3 mm long. Lateral veins about 6-8 on each side of the midrib, forming definite loops inside the blade margin. Leaf-bearing twigs marked by numerous longitudinally elongated brown or rusty lenticels. Domatia are tufts of hair.


Male flowers: Flowers in spikes about 15-40 mm long. Female flowers: Flowers in racemes about 20-40 mm long. Flowers about 2-3 mm diam. on pedicels about 1 mm long. Petals absent, tepals about 0.5 x 0.9 mm surrounding a hairy disk. Stamens borne on a densely hairy disk. Anthers about 0.5 x 0.4 mm, filaments about 1 mm long. Styles three, fused together at the base and attached sub-laterally. Each style branch about 1 mm long with two stigmatic branches at the apex.


Fruits laterally compressed, about 3-5 mm diam. Seeds about 3-4.5 mm diam. Testa hard. Cotyledons about 2 x 2 mm, wider than the radicle.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to CYP. Altitudinal range very small, from near sea level to 100 m. Grows in gallery forest and well developed lowland rain forest.

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