Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Elattostachys microcarpa S.T.Reynolds
Reynolds, S.T. () Flora of Australia 25: 199. Type: Cedar Bay, N of Bloomfield R., Qld, (15 49 S, 145 20 E), Jan. 1973, L.J.Webb & J.G.Tracey 13275; holo: BRI.
Scrub Tamarind; Tamarind, Scrub
Usually a small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh. Lenticels tend to be arranged in vertical lines. Outer blaze striped cream and brown.
Capsules about 8-12 x 10-12 mm, glabrous on the outer surface, woolly pubescent on the inner surface, valves comparatively thick and woody. Aril small, basal and lateral.
Cotyledons broadly spathulate or elliptic, fleshy, without obvious venation, apex acuminate. First pair of leaves lobed or coarsely toothed. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade coarsely toothed or lobed, midrib puberulous, raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Seed germination time 11 to 26 days.
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 950 m. Grows in drier, more seasonal rain forest often associated with Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta).
This species has horticulture potential. It produces a spreading dense crown, small cream flowers and bright pink to red fruits with black seeds.