Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Dissiliaria tuckeri P.I.Forst.

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Male flowers. © CSIRO
Leaves and flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Female flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Female flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Fruit [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky

Forster, P.I. (1997) Austrobaileya 5(1): 19-21. Type: Queensland. Cook District: Gap Creek, c. 22 miles [36.7 km] SE of Cooktown, May 1969, L.S.Smith 14419 (holo: BRI; iso: NSW).


Tree to 30 m tall, trunk buttressed, bark rough, flaky, blaze pink.


Stipules lanceolate-obovate, 2.2-4 mm long, glabrous. Leaves glabrous,. New leaves bright red-pink; petioles 4-8 mm long, channelled on top, glabrous. Lamina elliptic, oblanceolate, 60-170 x 2-75 mm, margins entire, 8-10 lateral veins on each side of midrib. Apex acute, acuminate, obtuse to rounded; base cuneate or rounded.


Male inflorescence and flowers not seen. Female inflorescence of 1-2 flowers in upper leaf axils, peduncles 2-4 mm long. Female flowers with pedicels 15-33 mm long, glabrous; styles 3, 4-4.5 mm long, connate for 1 mm at base, strongly recurved.


Subglobose, 13-15 mm long x 18 mm diameter, covered with minute prickles (muriculate). Seeds 9 mm long x 7 mm wide x 1.5-2 mm thick, smooth, shiny brown.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland. Occurs in NEQ. Known from a few populations between Cooktown and Mossman. Altitudinal range from near sea level to about 760 m. Grows along watercourses in well developed rain forest on rocky alluvia derived from granite.

Natural History & Notes

This species may be distinguished from others most readily by the number of lateral veins (8-10), larger stipules (2.2-4 x 1.8-2.2 mm), and the longer (4-4.5 mm) and recurved styles.

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