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Embelia australiana (F.Muell.) F.M.Bailey

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Male flowers. © CSIRO
Male flowers. © CSIRO
Leaves and immature fruit. © G. Sankowsky
Fruit. © G. Sankowsky
Scale bar 10mm. © CSIRO
Vine stem bark and vine stem transverse section. © CSIRO

Bailey, F.M. (1892) Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. Botany Bulletin 5: 19.

Common name

Embelia; Embelia


Vine stem diameters to 6 cm recorded. Sapwood surface corrugated.


Leaf blades about 4.5-11 x 2-6 cm, petioles about 0.6-1 cm long. Numerous red and clear oil dots readily visible to the naked eye, oil dots orbicular to slightly elongated. Lateral veins about 6-8 on each side of the midrib, forming loops inside the blade margin.


Male flowers: Flowers about 4-5 mm diam. Calyx tube about 0.3 mm long. Calyx lobes about 0.9 mm long, glands translucent. Petals about 3-3.5 mm long, reflexed at anthesis, adaxial surface densely papillose, abaxial surface gland-dotted. Staminal filaments glabrous, about 1.2 mm long. Anthers with 1-3 red glands visible on the connective just above its junction with the filament.


Ripe fruits purplish black, globular or depressed globular, about 6-8 x 6-8.5 mm, pointed at the apex. Seeds about 5-6 x 7 mm. Testa longitudinally ribbed or lined. Embryo curved, about 4 mm long. Cotyledons about 0.6-1 mm long, shorter and narrower than the radicle which decreases in thickness as it approaches the cotyledons.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as coastal central New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from 700-1100 m. Grows in the drier more seasonal upland rain forests often associated with Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta). Also occurs in New Guinea.

Ribesiodes australianum (F.Muell.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 2: 403(1891). Samara australiana (F.Muell.) F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 6: 164(1868). Choripetalum australianum F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 3: 36(1862), Type: Ad flumen Clarence River. Dr. Herm. Beckler.
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