Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Chisocheton longistipitatus (F.M.Bailey) L.S.Sm.

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Flower and buds. © Barry Jago
Fruit, side view, dehisced, arillous seed and longitudinal sect. © W. T. Cooper
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Cotyledon and 1st leaf stage, hypogeal germination. © CSIRO
10th leaf stage. © CSIRO

Smith, L.S. (1959) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 70: 29.

Common name

Mahogany, Cream; Cream Mahogany


Lenticels usually in vertical lines. Stem often marked by large piebald patches about 60 x 60 cm.


Compound leaves lack a definite end, each leaf terminated by a number of immature leaflets. Twigs usually marked by very elongated conspicuous lenticels. Small oil dots visible with a lens. Mature leaflet blades about 9-32 x 4-13 cm.


Petals about 6-7 mm long. Staminal tube sericeous hairy on both the inner and outer surfaces. Anthers +/- locellate.


Fruit about 3-3.5 cm long. Aril fused to the testa (i.e. a sarcotesta).


At the tenth leaf stage: leaves simple, obovate, apex acuminate, base cordate; lateral veins form loops just inside the blade margin; terminal bud, petiole and stem densely clothed in short pale or dark brown hairs. Seed germination time 27 to 41 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 760 m. Grows in well developed lowland and upland rain forest. Also occurs in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. There is also a reported occurrence in the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Rhetinosperma longistipitatum Radlk., Die Naturlichen Pflanzenfamilien Nachtr. III. to 3(5) : 204(1907), Type: Queensland,Barron River, E. Cowley 8D (1895 - 1899). Castanospora longistipitata F.M.Bailey, The Queensland Flora 1: 288(1899), Type: Scrubs of the Barron River, E. Cowley 8D (1895 - 1899).
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