Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Bridelia tomentosa Blume
Blume, C.L. von (1827) Bijdragen tot de Flora van Nederlandsch Indie No. 7 : 597. Type: Java, in montanis Bantam et Buitenzorg, Blume s.n.; lecto: BO, Fide Airy Shaw (1980), Kew Bull. 35: 602.
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-4 m tall.
Fruits globular, about 6-7 x 4-6 mm, calyx persistent at the base of the fruit. Seeds about 3-5 mm long, +/- hemispherical, enclosed in a bony endocarp. Cotyledons curved, about 2.5-3 mm long, wider than the radicle. Radicle about 1 mm long.
Cotyledons obreniform, wider than long about 7 x 10 mm, apex excavated, base truncate, petiole hairy. First pair of leaves +/- orbicular, apex obtuse, base obtuse, margins ciliate, underside almost white. At the tenth leaf stage: stipules hairy, about 4-5 mm long. Leaf blade obovate to elliptic, apex mucronate, base obtuse, much paler on the underside. Midrib depressed on the upper surface. Seed germination time 206 days.
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 500 m. Grows in open forest, vine thickets, monsoon forest and the drier types of rain forest. Also occurs in Asia and Malesia.
This is a typical tree of waste ground. It is apparently well known in village-medicine and it is said in folk-tales that both tiger and crocodile sprung from its shade. Strange feat for such a dreary tree! Corner (1982).