Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Auranticarpa ilicifolia L.Cayzer, Crisp & I.Telford
Cayzer, L.W., Crisp, M.D. & Tellford, I.R.H. (2000) Aust. Syst. Bot. 13: 912.
Cotyledons narrow lanceolate, about 21 x 3-5 mm, venation more obvious on the underside with about 12 veins on each side of the midrib, intramarginal vein visible. Both the upper and lower surfaces clothed in glandular hairs but rather scattered on the lower surface. First pair of leaves toothed with 4 or 5 teeth on each side, teeth serrate, finely pointed. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Upper and lower surfaces clothed in glandular hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade margin coarsely toothed, resembling holly (Ilex aquifolium), each tooth drawn out into a fine tip about 2 mm long. Midrib depressed on the upper surface. Freshly broken roots emit an odour like that of celery (Apium graveolens). Seed germination time 211 to 264 days.
Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 100 m. Grows as an understory tree in monsoon forest and dry rain forest.
Although a tree in nature this species has outstanding horticultural potential. Easily grown in cultivation it has attractive foliage and the bunches of white flowers are produced in profusion.