Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Dysoxylum klanderi F.Muell.

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Fruit, side views and dehisced. © CSIRO
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Dehisced fruit and arillous seed. © W. T. Cooper
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Mueller, F.J.H. von (1865) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 176. Type: In nemoribus circum sinum marinum Rockinghami. Dallachy.

Common name

Cedar, Cape York; Cape York Cedar; Mahogany, Buff; Buff Mahogany


Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.


Compound leaf axis usually ending in a knob, rarely in a leaflet. Young shoots pink to red. Streaky oil dots or canals visible in the leaflet blades with the aid of a lens or just visible to the naked eye. Leaflet blades about 6.5-16 x 4-9 cm.


Calyx short, +/- trumpet-shaped, lobes acute or obtuse, spreading +/- horizontally. Outer surface of the corolla sparsely clothed in pale, prostrate hairs. Petals about 9-12 mm long. Stamens eight. Staminal tube and style pink. Disk resembles the staminal tube but only half the length. Ovary pubescent.


Fruits +/- globular, about 35-45 mm long, outer surface glabrous or very sparsely tomentellous. Sarcotesta thin, orange or red, completely enclosing the seed except for the hilum. Cotyledons purple.


Usually 1 or 2 trifoliolate leaves produced before the 10th leaf stage. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blade lanceolate, unequal-sided at the base, glabrous on the upper surface; hairs on stem and the terminal bud short and prostrate. Seed germination time 18 to 75 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites.

Alliaria klanderi (F.Muell.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 1: 109(1891).
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