Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Flindersia laevicarpa C.T.White & W.D.Francis var. laevicarpa

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Flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and inflorescences [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
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10th leaf stage. © CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. © CSIRO

White, C.T. & Francis, W.D. (1920) Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. Botany Bulletin 22: 8. Type: Atherton district, Assistant Forester J.M. Fraser.

Common name

Rose Ash; Scented Maple; Ash, Rose; Maple, Scented; Dirran Maple


Crown formation resembling that of a eucalypt. Pale brown, brittle stripes in the inner blaze. Blaze odour usually noticeable but difficult to describe, perhaps resembling guava (Psidium guajava).


Oil dots quite large, very numerous, almost touching one another. Lateral leaflet blades about 4-15 x 1.5-6.5 cm. Lateral veins scarcely visible and midrib slightly raised on the upper surface.


Inflorescence hairs simple. Sepals about 0.5-0.9 mm long, pubescent. Petals about 2-2.5 mm long. Ovules 1 or 2 on each side of the placenta.


Capsules about 2.5-5.2 cm long, outer surface almost smooth to shallowly sculptured, sometimes present beneath mature trees. Seeds winged at both ends, radicle terminal.


Cotyledons linear-oblong, about 20-25 x 6 mm. Oil dots visible to the naked eye. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades elliptic or ovate, apex acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous, oil dots visible to the naked eye, shortly petiolate. Seed germination time 7 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the area between the Daintree River and the Tully River. Altitudinal range from 80-850 m. Grows in well developed rain forest but is probably more common in drier, more seasonal rain forest and the Bolly Gum (Blepharocarya involucrigera) forests. Flindersia laevicarpa var. heterophylla occurs in New Guinea.

Natural History & Notes

This species produces a useful timber which has never been available in large quantities. It works well and takes a good polish and can be used in a variety of situations, e.g. door and window frames, flooring and tool handles.

Wood specific gravity 0.72. Cause et al. (1989).

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