Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Calophyllum australianum F.Muell. ex Vesque

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Vesque, J. (1889) Epharmos 2 : t. 22. Type: Ferd. Muell. mss. in herb. Phytol. Mus. Melbourne. Austral. boreali-orient., Rockinghams Bay. J. Dallachy.

Common name

Blush Touriga; Touriga, Pink; Touriga, Blush; Pink Touriga; Pink Calophyllum; Brush Touriga; Alligatorbark; Ladderwood


Milky exudate slow, meagre and very sticky. Blaze finely layered.


Leaf blades about 6-13 x 2-4 cm. Numerous fine straight veins extending from the midrib to the margin but no other veins visible. Midrib slightly raised on the upper surface towards the apex but depressed near the base. Petioles and twigs produce a small amount of milky exudate. Petiole channelled on the upper surface.


Petals (or inner tepals) about 3.7-7.5 mm long. Stamens about 20-95 per flower.


Fruits about 0.6-1.6 cm long. Endocarp about 0.15-0.3 mm thick.


At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to narrowly elliptic; more than 50 closely spaced lateral veins run parallel from the midrib to the leaf margin; terminal bud, petioles and stem of new growth clothed in short tortuous brown hairs. Seed germination time 22 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 700 m. Usually grows in well developed rain forest.

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