Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Cyclophyllum multiflorum S.T.Reynolds & R.J.F.Hend.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flowers. © Barry Jago
Fruit. © CSIRO
Fruit, three views, cross section and seed. © W. T. Cooper
Leaves. CC-BY J.L. Dowe

Reynolds, S.T., & Henderson, R.J.F. (2001) Austrobaileya 6: 58. Type: Queensland, Edmund Kennedy National Park near Cardwell, 16 December 1991, A.R. Bean 3869, holo: BRI.


Small trees 4-10 m tall. Branches very resinous towards apex, hairy.


Stipules interpetiolar, triangular, keeled, hairy; petioles 4-8 mm long, channelled; blades 6.7-13 cm x 2.9-6 cm. Domatia present, obvious, usually a few on each side of midrib.


Inflorescences generally 6 to 9-flowered, sessile or nearly so. Flower pedicel 2.5-6 mm long, hairy; calyx 2.5 x 2 mm, glabrous; corolla cream or pale yellow, orange or brown when aged, 9-13.5 mm long.


Fruit on slender pedicels 6-15 mm long, orange-red when ripe, laterally compressed, 8-12 x 6-11 mm. Seed smooth or slighly wrinkled.


Cotyledons linear-ovate, about 19-33 x 5-7 mm, midrib raised on the upper surface. Cotyledonary stipules triangular, apex pointed. First pair of leaves glabrous, elliptic, apex bluntly pointed, base cuneate, midrib raised on the upper surface. Hypocotyl flattened, elliptical in transverse section. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to obovate, about 70-80 mm long, apex acuminate; stipules interpetiolar, wide at the base but narrowed abruptly to a fine point at the apex. [needs checking]. Seed germination time 3 to 165 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ and in the northern part of CQ around Mt Elliot. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1120 m. Grows in a wet sclerophyll and a variety of rainforest types, particularly in lowland areas on beach ridges and coastal sands, and in vine thickets on sandy soil.

Natural History & Notes

Distinguishable by the 5-9-flowered, sessile inflorescences, hairy branchlets and prescence of domatia.

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