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Bobea myrtoides (F.Muell.) Valeton

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Valeton, T. (1909) Bulletin du Department de l'Agriculture aux Indes Neerlandaises 26: 7.


Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Blaze darkening on exposure.


Stipules triangular, about 3 mm long, tapering to a fine point. Leaf blades about 4-11.5 x 1.6-5 cm. Domatia, if present, are foveoles with a small opening. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the blade margin. When held up to the light, the finer veins in the leaf blade show a pattern resembling that of ploughed fields on an aerial photograph.


Corolla tube about 8-10 mm long, the lobes about 1.5-2 mm. Lower half of the corolla tube clothed in numerous, +/- prostrate, white hairs on the outer surface.


Fruiting peduncles about 2-5 cm long. Fruit about 1-1.4 x 0.8-1 cm.


Cotyledons obovate or elliptic, about 6-7 x 4 mm, upper surface with a few scattered hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: petiole clothed in pale hairs; stipules densely covered in pale hairs. Seed germination time 27 to 49 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from 600-1400 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed upland and mountain rain forest.

Antirhea myrtoides (F.Muell.) F.M.Bailey, The Queensland Flora 3: 760(1900). Matthiola myrtoides (F.Muell.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 1: 288(1891). Guettarda myrtoides F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 9: 184(1875), Type: Ad oram Rockinghams Bay; Dallachy.
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