Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Cryptocarya triplinervis B.Hyland var. pubens


Hyland, B. (1989) Australian Systematic Botany 2(2,3): 210-211. Type: B. Hyland 12325: Currumbin Valley Bird Garden, 14.xi.1982 (QRS, holotypus).


Tree to 15 m tall x 35 cm dbh. Butresses present on larger trees.


Twigs usually terete, occasionally fluted or angular, clothed in straight and tortuous, white or pale brown, erect hairs which persist even on old twigs. Leaf blades about 4.5-12.9 x 1.6-4.5 cm, green on the underside, clothed in straight and tortuous, white or pale brown, erect persistent. Midrib flush with the upper surface (rarely raised), pubescent on upper surface. Petioles usually flat on the upper surface. Oil dots visible with a lens.


Inflorescence paniculate, not or scarcely exceeding the leaves. Flowers faintly perfumed. Perianth tube inner surface pubescent at apex, glabrous or pubescent towards the base. Tepals about 1.4-2.2 mm long, pubescent on the outer and inner surface. Ovary mainly glabrous (occasionlly sparsely hairy towards apex or along one side), style usually partly hairy.


Fruits ellipsoid, rarely globular, about 10 x 75 mm. Cotyledons cream.


Features unknown.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards to north eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from sea level to 750 m. Grows in drier rainforests along creeks and rivers.

Natural History & Notes

May be distinguished from the other varieties of the species by the hairs on the underside of the leaf which are tortuous and erect, rather than straight and appressed or glabrous.

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