Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Cryptocarya cercophylla W.E.Cooper
Cooper, W.E. (2013) Austrobaileya 9(1): 76-79. Type: Australia: Queensland. Cook District: Timber Reserve 1230, Bartle Frere, Boonjee Logging Area [east of Malanda]. 17 November 1994, R. Jensen 72.
Inflorescence very short, not exceeding the leaves, 4-7-flowered. Flowers without any obvious odour. Tepals 6, about 1.2-1.7 mm long, completely glabrous on the outer surface but pubescent on the inner surface. Perianth tube sericeous on the inner surface. Ovary and style glabrous. Vestigial styles often present.
Fruits ovoid, about 16-20 x 10-14.5 mm, ribbed, red to shiny black at maturity, flesh green. Seeds drawn out at the apex, about 16-19 x 8-10 mm, outer surface longitudinally ribbed. Cotyledons white.
First pair of leaves ovate, about 34-38 x 16-18 mm, green on the underside. Apex with a long drip tip. First pair of leaves alternate but sometimes close to subopposite. Seed germination time 143 days.
Endemic to NEQ, known only from collections made in the Wooroonooran National Park, Boonjee. Altitude 580-680 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on steep slopes which are naturally unstable and prone to slippage. Probably favoured by such disturbance. A rare species.
Cryptocarya sp. Boonjee (B.Hyland 25794RFK). Cryptocarya sp. Boonjie (L.W.Jessup+ 319).