Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Crudia abbreviata A.R.Bean 

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Bean, A.R. (2010). Austrobaileya 8(2). Type: Queensland. COOK DISTRICT: Cultivated at Yuruga Nursery, Walkamin, ex Stone Crossing, [c. 45 km NE of Weipa], 23 September 1998, G. Sankowsky 1631.


Wood very hard and dense. Buttresses gradually tapering into the trunk.


Leaflet blades about 4.5-8.5 x 1.5-4 cm, broadest towards the base, leaflet stalk about 3-5 mm long. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the blade margin. Leaflet stalks transversely wrinkled. Stipules small and inconspicuous. Compound leaf axis often ending in a stout point as in some Sapindaceae.


Flowers faintly but pleasantly perfumed, the odour resembling that of roses (Rosa sinensis?). Inflorescences terminal but often appearing axillary. Pedicels about 5 mm long. Peduncles about 5-15 mm long. Sepals about 3 mm long. Petals absent (rarely a small vestigial petal present). Stamens usually 10. Ovary densely clothed in white hairs. Ovules 1-3 in each ovary.


Immature pods oblong, oblique, ca. 4 x 3 cm, woody, wrinkled, flaty, densely hairy with rust coloured hairs. Seeds not known.


Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Collections to date indicate this species is endemic to CYP, however, it may extend into New Guinea. Altitudinal range small, perhaps from 20-100 m. Grows in well developed gallery forest along creeks and rivers. This taxon appears to be close to C. blancoi.


Crudia sp. Archer River (B.Hyland 3078RFK). Pterocarpus sp. Archer River (B.Hyland 3078RFK).

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