Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Citronella smythii (F.Muell.) R.A.Howard
Howard, R.A. (1940) Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 21: 475.
Soapbox; Beech, Northern Silky; White Oak; Beech, Silky; Northern Silky Beech; Silky Beech; Oak, White
Fruits 12-16 mm long. Seeds with a longitudinal groove formed by the intrusion of the endocarp.
Cotyledons ovate, about 39-45 x 30-38 mm, petioles hairy. First leaf blades ovate-elliptic, with both surfaces clothed in hairs. Hypocotyl clothed in hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves hairy on the upper surface at least along the midrib and main lateral veins; terminal bud, stem, petiole and expanding leaves densely hairy. Seed germination time 12 to 181 days.
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP (as far north as Mt Carter) and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites.
Fallen fruit eaten by Cassowaries. Cooper & Cooper (1994).