Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Brombya smithii T.G.Hartley 

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
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Hartley, T.G. (2013) Brombya. Flora of Australia 26: 88, 581. Type: Gap Ck. c. 38 km SW of Cooktown, Qld, 7 Sept. 1960, L.S. Smith 11116; holo: BRI; iso: A, LAE.


Flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-2 m tall.


Leaf blades about 6.5-22 x 2-9 cm, petioles about 1-3 cm long. Petioles and twigs densely clothed in long, erect, cream-brown, simple hairs. Oil dots numerous, closely spaced. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade hairy, velvety to the touch. Lateral veins, about 9-12 on each side of the midrib, forming loops inside the blade margin.


Flowers about 7 mm diam. Calyx lobes about 3 mm long, apices obtuse. Petals about 5 mm long, apices obtuse, oil dots large and conspicuous. Stamens eight, filaments long and short, four about 4 mm long and four about 2.5 mm long. Anthers dimorphic, four about 1 mm long and four about 0.5 mm long. Style about 1 mm long, divided into four near the base but fused to form one style for most of its length. Carpels seated on a hairy disk.


Fruiting carpels about 5-8 mm long x 3-4 mm, outer surface rugose, clothed in stellate hairs and marked by large oil glands beneath the surface of the epidermis. Seeds about 3 mm long.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, from the Annan River south to the Bloomfield River. Altitudinal range near sea level to 800 m. Grows as an understory plant in rain forest.

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