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Cleistanthus dallachyanus (Baill.) Benth.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Bentham, G. (1873), Flora Australiensis 6: 122.


Shrub or tree to 12 metres; new growth reddish; buds and young stems densely hairy with simple rusty hairs, older stems hairless with prominent reddish lenticels; stipules 2, lanceolate, 1-2mm, persistent.


Simple, alternate, 2-ranked; lamina ov ate to broad-ovate or elliptic, 30-100mm by 15-50mm; apex acute to acuminate; base rounded; margins entire; upper surface glossy, glabrous; lower surface dull greyish-green, glabrous; pinnately veined with 7-11 main lateral veins either side of midrib, distinct on both surfaces; petiole 5-10mm.


Inflorescences terminal or in upper axils, spikes; flowers unisexual, actinomorphic, 3-4mm diam., yellow; sepals (4)-5, petaloid, yellow; petals (4)-5, shorter than sepals, yellow; male flowers with 5 stamens; filaments basally fused into a column; rudimentary pistil present; female flowers with superior 3-locular ovary bearing 3 styles each 2-lobed.


A dry capsule, depressed globular, 4-9mm diam., green to reddish to brown at maturity; seeds black, 1-2 per locule.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in the southern part of NEQ and in CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 500 m. Grows in rain forest, dry rain forest and littoral rain forest.

Amanoa dallachyana Baill., Adansonia 6: 335 (1866). Type: "Dallachy (1862), n. 17, Rockhampton (1863); Mount Mueller; Port Denison. – Thozet, n. 337, Rockhampton (herb. F. Muell.!)."  Kaluhaburunghos dallachyanus (Baill.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 2: 607 (1891).
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