Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Apodytes brachystylis F.Muell.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flower and bud. © Barry Jago
Flowers and buds. © Barry Jago
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Fruit and receptacle, three views. © W. T. Cooper
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10th leaf stage. © CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. © CSIRO

Mueller, F.J.H. von (1875) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 9: 149. Type: In silvis pone Rochinghams Bay; Dallachy.

Common name

Buff Alder; Alder, Buff


Seldom grows beyond 30 cm dbh.


Petiole yellow and grooved on the upper surface. Leaf blades about 8-15 x 3-5 cm, margin undulate towards the apex.


Petals about 3-4.5 mm long, hairy on the inner surface. Ovary zygomorphic, usually green but orange towards the base.


Receptacle about 5 mm long, blue-green, blue-grey or blue-black, fleshy and swollen, enclosing the base of the green fruiting carpel like a fleshy egg cup. Fruiting carpel about 12-15 mm long.


Cotyledons ovate, about 15-18 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves elliptic, apex acuminate. Seed germination time 187 to 236 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in NEQ and in the northern part of CEQ at Mt Elliot. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites but tends to be more common in upland and mountain situations.

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