Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Elaeocarpus johnsonii F.Muell.

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Flowers. © A. Ford & F. Goulter
Flowers. © B. Gray
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Fruit, side views, cross section and endocarp. © W. T. Cooper
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Mueller, F.J.H. von (1893) Journal of Botany, British and Foreign 31: 322. Type: N Queensland (without precise location), .. Johnson (holotype BRI).

Common name

Quandong, Kuranda; Quandong, Johnson's; Johnson's Quandong; Kuranda Quandong


Often a poorly formed and multistemmed tree or with a number of stems from an old stump site.


Young shoots, leaf bearing twigs and petioles densely clothed in brown hairs. Leaf blades about 10-16 x 5.5-8 cm. Midrib hairy on the upper surface; leaf blades have teeth which are difficult to distinguish because of the numerous hairs.


Sepals about 14-17 mm long. Petals about 18 x 6 mm, divided at the apex into 2-3 fairly distinct lobes. Stamens about 30-35. Ovary hairy.


Fruits ovoid-ellipsoid to almost cylindrical, about 27-40 x 14-20 mm. Pericarp marked by conspicuous geniculate fibres when viewed in longitudinal section. Endocarp not discrete, surface +/- smooth (not rugose).


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to Thornton Peak and its surroundings, Mt Peiter Botte and the Atherton Tableland area adjacent to Mt Bartle Frere. Altitudinal range from 600-1300 m. Grows in well developed upland and mountain rain forest often on ridge tops.

Natural History & Notes

Fallen fruit eaten by Cassowaries and seeds eaten by native rats. Cooper & Cooper (1994).

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