Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Cryptocarya lividula B.Hyland
Hyland, B.P.M. (1989) Australian Systematic Botany 2: 193. Type: B. Gray 1851: State Forest Reserve 310, Gillies Logging Area, 10.xii.1980 (QRS, holotypus).
Blue Laurel; Laurel, Blue
Blaze odour spicy or slightly resembling coconut (Cocos nucifera). A thin cream or pale brown layer generally visible beneath the subrhytidome layer before the first section of the outer blaze.
Twigs fluted and clothed in straight, brown, appressed hairs, particularly when young. Leaf blades about 6-9.3 x 1.9-4 cm, often with a bluish sheen on the upper surface, glaucous on the underside, rarely green, clothed in straight, pale brown, appressed hairs when young but eventually becoming almost glabrous. Midrib translucent, raised or flush with the upper surface. Petioles flat or channelled on the upper surface. Oil dots visible with a lens.
Fruits globular about 11.5-14 x 11.5-14 mm. Cotyledons cream.
First pair of leaves ovate to cordate, about 40-52 x 18-28 mm, glaucous on the underside. At the tenth leaf stage: apex long, acuminate; leaves glaucous on the underside; oil dots very small, visible with a lens. Petioles hairy. Seed germination time 23 to 58 days.
This species has little commercial value and has seldom been converted into sawn timber. Wood specific gravity 0.93. Hyland (1989).