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Diospyros rheophila Jessup

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Male flowers. © CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. © CSIRO
A. female flower; B. dissected ovary, female flower. © Queensland Government
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Jessup, L.W. (2014) Austrobaileya 9(2): 183-184. Type: Queensland. Cook District: Timber Reserve 175, Baird Logging Area, 22 September 1980, B.Hyland 10623 (holo: BRI).


Grows into  a small tree 5 m tall, often poorly formed because of flood damage, but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.


Young leaves and shoots clothed in pale medifixed hairs. Leaf blades hard and leathery, about 4.3-8.5 x 1-1.7 cm, petioles about 0.2-0.4 cm long. Glands 2-6 on basal quarter of lamina below. Lateral veins about 5-10 pairs, but very irregular and forming only inconspicuous loops inside the blade margin.


Male flowers: Inflorescence a compressed raceme. Flowers about 4 mm diam. Sepals about 4 mm long. Corolla tube about 5 mm long, lobes about 4 mm long. Stamens 9, anthers about 2 mm long, filaments about 2 mm long. Pollen white.  Female flowers solitary; calyx 3.5-4 mm long, tube 1.5-2 mm long, lobes 3, 1.5-2 mm long; corolla tube 2-3 mm long, lobes 3, lobes 2-2.5 mm long; staminodes absent; ovary 3 locular, ovules 2 per locule; stigmas bifid.


Calyx 4-lobed, persistent at the base of the fruit.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, known only from collections made on Roaring Meg Creek. Altitudinal range not certain, collected at altitudes between 250-350 m. Grows as a rheophyte among rocks and boulders on creeks flowing through open forest and rain forest.


Diospyros sp. Baird LA (B.P.Hyland 9374)  [Provisional Phrase Name].

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