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Catalepidia heyana (F.M.Bailey) P.H.Weston

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Weston, P.H. (1995) Flora of Australia 16: 499.

Common name

Oak, Hey's Nut; Hey's Nut Oak


Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze.


Oak grain in the twigs. Leaf blades about 8-33 x 1.5-6.5 cm. Petioles about 0.6-1.5 cm long, swollen at their junction with the twig. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Intramarginal vein quite well developed.


Flower bracts about 0.5 mm long. Common peduncle about 3-5 mm long. Tepals glabrous outside, about 20-25 mm long. Hypogynous glands patelliform, four. Ovary sessile, glabrous. Ovules 2.


Fruits +/- globular, about 2-3 cm diam.


About 8 cataphylls are present before the first true leaf is produced. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade narrowly elliptic, midrib raised on the upper surface. Seed germination time 22 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, known only from collections made from the Windsor Tableland, the Mt Spurgeon-Mt Lewis area, Mt Isley and the Boonjee area. Altitudinal range from 700-1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in upland and mountain rain forest.

Macadamia heyana (Bailey) Sleumer, Blumea 8: 5(1955). Helicia heyana F.M.Bailey, The Queensland Flora 4: 1329(1901), Type: Palm Camp, Bellenden Ker, Bail. (Bellenden Ker Exped., 1889).
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