Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Beilschmiedia castrisinensis B.Hyland

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Fruit, side view, cross section and seed. © W. T. Cooper
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Hyland, B.P.M. (1989) Australian Systematic Botany 2: 150. Type: B. Hyland 12861: National Park Reserve 164 Noah, 10.xi.1983 (QRS, holotypus).


A thin pale brown layer generally visible beneath the subrhytidome layer before the first section of the outer blaze.


Twigs slightly fluted, clothed in straight, pale brown, appressed hairs. Leaf blades about 7.3-12.6 x 2.3-3.7 cm glaucous on the underside, clothed in straight, pale brown, appressed hairs when young but almost glabrous at maturity. Midrib raised or flush with the upper surface. Petioles flat on the upper surface. Oil dots visible with a lens. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Pale brown lenticels usually obvious on the twigs.


Tepals about 0.5-1 mm long. Stamens six. Staminodes six, not differentiated into heads and filaments. Ovary glabrous, +/- sessile.


Fruits about 45-65 x 36-70 mm, wider than long, slightly bilobed and laterally compressed. Cotyledons cream or yellowish.


At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate, apex acuminate, underside glaucous; oil dots small but numerous, visible with a lens. Seed germination time 17 to 249 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the area between Bloomfield and the Daintree River. Altitudinal range from sea level to 660 m. Grows in well developed lowland and upland rain forest.

Natural History & Notes

Wood specific gravity 0.87. Hyland (1989).

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