Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Cyclophyllum coprosmoides (F.Muell.) S.T.Reynolds & R.J.F.Hend.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flower. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and flowers. © G. Sankowsky
Immature fruit. © G. Sankowsky
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Reynolds, S.T. & Henderson, R.J.F. (2001) Austrobaileya 6(1): 46-47.

Common name

Coast Canthium; Marko; Coprosma leaved Coffee


Shrub or tree to 10 metres; bark grey and white, finely fissured; buds and young stems with sparse short hairs; stems becoming glabrous; stipules interpetiolar, tapered to a point, 1.5 - 3mm long.


Simple, opposite; petiole 3 - 7mm long; lamina leathery, elliptic to obovate or spathulate, 25 - 100mm by 16 - 52mm; pinnately veined with 3 - 6 main laterals either side of midrib, distinct both surfaces; upper surface dark-green to yellow-green; lower surface paler; domatia absent or small and inconspicuous.


Inflorescence axillary 1 - 4 flowered cymes, sessile; pedicels 3 - 5mm; flowers bisexual, white turning orange with age; calyx tubular, 2mm long; corolla tubular, 3 - 8mm, lobes 3 - 5mm; hairs in throat of flower; stamens 5, just exserted; ovary inferior; stigma longer than stamens.


A fleshy drupe, compressed obovoid, 6 - 20mm long, 2-lobed, orange to yellow-orange; stones 2, each with one seed.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in NEQ (var. spathulata on Fitroy Island) and CEQ (var. coprosmoides), southwards to south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 700 m. Grows in vine thickets, coastal heath, along creeks and river banks.


Canthium coprosmoides F.Muell., Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria 3: 47 (1859), Type: Dawson River, date unknown, Mueller s.n. (Syn: MEL [MEL1538527]); ditto, December 1856, Mueller s.n. (syn: MEL [MEL1538570, p.p.]); Mackenzie River, date unknown, Mueller s.n. (syn: MEL [MEL1538570, p.p.]); Brisbane River, August 1855, Mueller s.n. (syn: MEL [MEL1538569]).

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