Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Endiandra inopinata B.Gray

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Flowers. © R. Jensen
Inflorescence. © R. Jensen
Inflorescence. © B. Gray
Inflorescence. © B. Gray
Ripe fruit. © R. Jensen
Ripe fruit. © R. Jensen
Young pinkish-red leaf and flower buds. © R. Jensen
Leaves. © R. Jensen

Gray, B. (2020) Austrobaileya 10(4): 640-643. Type: "Queensland. COOK DISTRICT: Mount Lewis Road, 11 km from Mount Molloy to Mossman Road, B. Gray BG9411 (holo: BRI; iso: CNS)."


Small tree to 12 m tall, poorly formed and often two or more stems from ground level.


Leaf upper surface glabrous, undersurface with appressed pale brown to rusty hairs especially on midrib and primary veins; elliptic to ovate-elliptic; apex acute to acuminate, base cunetate; 5.8-14.5 x 2-6.5 cm; primary veins 5-8 pairs; midrib flat. Twigs terete, with pale brown to rusty hairys when young.


Inflorescence paniculate, terminal, axillary or on twigs below the leaves, clothed in rusty upright hairs, bracts narrowly triangular to linear. Flowers 3-merous, green, scarcely opening at anthesis, tepals remaining erect and forming a sheath around the exserted anthers and style. Perianth tube 1-1.9 mm x 2.7-3.2 mm at widest point, but narrowing slightly at apex where 2.2-2.7 mm diameter; outer tepals 3, 1.2-1.5 x 1.8-2.3 mm; inner tepals 3, 1.1-1.3 x 1.1-1.3 mm, all tepals with sparse, appressed hairs on inner surfaces, but only rarely on outer surfaces. Anthers glabrous, opening sideways and outwards, 0.6-0.9 x 0.3-0.6 mm. Filaments 1-1.3 mm long, hairy, glands absent; staminodes 3. Ovary sessile, ca. 0.8 x 0.7 mm, glabrous; style 0.9-1 mm long, glabrous.


Fruit wider than long and slightly compressed, 24-27 mm long x 32-36 mm wide, yellow, pinkish yellow to orange when ripe; seed 16.5-21 x 19-25 mm. Cotyledons cream to pinkish cream.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, known from the Mt Lewis area and on Mt Sorrow. Altitudinal range from 250 to 1100 m. Grows in mountain rainforest (complex notophyll to mesophyll vineforest) on soils derived from granite.

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