Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Elaeocarpus largiflorens C.T.White subsp. largiflorens

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1st leaf stage, cotyledons absent. © CSIRO
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White, C.T. (1984) Kew Bulletin 39: 572.

Common name

Quandong, Tropical; Tropical Quandong


Lenticels usually quite conspicuous particularly on fast growing trees.


Leaf blade generally large, about 10 x 6 cm; teeth rather inconspicuous; margin recurved on the basal half of the blade. About 7 lateral veins on each side of the midrib. Foveoles present along the midrib and also in the forks on the lateral veins.


Sepals less than 14 mm long. Petals about 6.5-8 x 8 mm, usually with a couple of obscure teeth at the apex. Stamens more than 60. Ovary hairy.


Fruits ovoid, about 16-17 x 10-11 mm. Endocarp +/- rugose.


At the tenth leaf stage: leaves elliptic, apex acuminate, hairy on the upper surface at least along the midrib; foveoles present along the midrib on the underside; teeth with very small aristate points which are shed as the leaf ages. Seed germination time 297 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m. This species is favoured by disturbance but grows in a variety of well developed rain forests.

Natural History & Notes

Fruit eaten by several species of birds. Cooper & Cooper (1994).

Produces a useful general purpose timber.

Wood specific gravity 0.45. Cause et al. (1989).

Elaeocarpus largiflorens C.T.White, Contributions from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University 4: 68(1933), Type: Malanda, Atherton Tableland, C.T.White, Janurary 1923 (type).
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