Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Elaeocarpus linsmithii Guymer

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Guymer, G.P. (1984) Kew Bulletin 39: 560. Type: QUEENSLAND. Cook District: Mt Bartle Frere, fl. June 1961, Martin & Hyland 1874 (QF 61/181) (holotype BRI; isotypes BRI, K).

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A small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh.


Teeth, if present, tend to be more numerous towards the apex than towards the base of the leaf blade. Leaf blades about 8.5-13 x 2.5-5 cm. Midrib +/- flush with the upper surface. Young shoots densely clothed in brown prostrate hairs which do not persist. Domatia, when present, are small foveoles.


Sepals about 20-26 mm long. Petals about 22-27 x 5-9 mm, divided at the apex into about 16-18 lobes about 2-4 mm long. Stamens about 30. Ovary glabrous.


Fruits +/- ovoid, about 15-20 x 12-15 mm. Endocarp +/- smooth or slightly pitted.


Cotyledons elongate, about 25-30 x 8-10 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, apex acuminate, base attenuate; margin sparsely crenate or serrate; stipules linear to narrowly triangular, hairy when young. Seed germination time 116 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the higher ridges in the Mt Spurgeon-Mt Lewis area and the upper parts of Mt Bartle Frere. Altitudinal range from 1000-1500 m. Usually grows in stunted windswept rain forest often among granite boulders.

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