Glochidion harveyanum var. pubescens Airy Shaw
Airy Shaw, H.K. (1976) Kew Bulletin 31: 347. Type: Queensland, Davies Creek, lat. 17 00 S., long. 145 35 E., gallery forest, alt. 420 m, 5 Oct. 1974, Hyland 7722; holo: K; iso: QRS.
Usually grows into a small tree but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Leaves borne on short shoots resembling compound leaves. Leaf blades about 8-13 x 3.5-6.5 cm, petioles about 0.3-0.8 cm long. Lateral veins about 6-12 on each side of the midrib. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade clothed in pale, mainly erect, multicellular hairs. Stipules triangular, up to 3-4 mm long, drawn out into a fine point at the apex. Twigs and terminal buds hairy.
Male flowers: Flowers faintly but pleasantly perfumed, about 4-6 mm diam., pedicels about 10 mm long. Outer perianth segments about 3.5 x 2.5 mm, inner segments about 3 x 2 mm. Anther filaments very short. Anthers about 1 x 0.5 mm. Female flowers: Flowers usually solitary, about 2.5 mm diam., pedicels short and thick. Outer perianth segments about 2 x 1.5 mm, inner segments about 2.2 x 1 mm. Ovary glabrous, usually about 10-locular. Styles about 9 or 10 mostly free from one another.
Fruits depressed, ribbed like a pumpkin (Cucurbita spp.) and about 14-15 mm diam., clothed in short, erect, pale-coloured hairs. Perianth segments persistent at the base. Seeds about 4.5-5.5 x 3.5-6 mm. Aril scarlet, completely enclosing the seed. Each seed curved around a central placenta-like structure. Embryo white to cream, cotyledons straight to slightly curved, about 3 x 3 mm, longer and wider than the radicle (1 mm long).
Cotyledons elliptic to ovate, about 12 x 8 mm, petioles about 1 mm long. First pair of leaves obovate, glabrous, midrib raised on the upper surface. Stipules hairy, about 2 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate, apex apiculate, base attenuate, petiole hairy, about 2 mm long. Stipules hairy, about 3-4 mm long. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade clothed in pale hairs. Seed germination time 82 days.