Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Elaeocarpus thelmae B.Hyland & Coode

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Flowers. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: G. Butler.
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1st leaf stage, cotyledons absent. © CSIRO
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Hyland, B.P.M. & Coode, M.J.E. (1984) Kew Bulletin 39: 573. Type: Qld, State Forest Reserve 144: 960m, 6 Jan. 1977, Hyland 9297; holo: K; iso: QRS.

Common name



White or cream granular stripes in the outer blaze.


Domatia are hairy foveoles and occur not only at the junction of the midrib and main lateral veins but also in the forks where the lateral veins branch. Leaf blades about 7-11 x 3-5 cm. Leafy twigs densely clothed in brown hairs.


Sepals less than 14 mm long. Petals about 6-7 x 2-3 mm, divided at the apex into about 4-6 lobes, the longest one not exceeding 1 mm. Stamens about 50-60. Ovary hairy.


Fruits ovoid or ovoid-ellipsoid, about 19-23 x 12-13 mm. Endocarp +/- smooth, sutures difficult to discern.


'Durian' germination. First pair of leaves opposite, ovate to lanceolate, about 32-40 x 13-15 mm, margins serrate with fine to hair-like teeth. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, apex acuminate, base attenuate, margin crenate, teeth with an aristate apex, more than 20 each side of the leaf blade, upper surface of the leaf blade hairy. Seed germination time 124 to 258 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Alexandra Creek and the Windsor Tableland areas. Altitudinal range from 400-1200 m. Grows in well developed rain forest.

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