Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Glochidion lobocarpum (Benth.) F.M.Bailey

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Habit, leaves and male flowers. © CSIRO
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10th leaf stage. © CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. © CSIRO
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Female flower. © CSIRO

Bailey, F.M. (1902) The Queensland Flora 5: 1424.

Common name

Pin Flower Tree


Usually grows into a small tree but often flowers and fruits as a shrub. Dead bark layered.


Leaf blades about 4-7 x 2-3 cm. Midrib and lateral veins raised on the upper surface. Petiole +/- swollen. Leaf bearing twigs clothed in short tortuous hairs. Leaf blade slightly glaucous on the underside.


Male flowers: Inflorescence without a peduncle and strictly axillary. Flowers without a disk. Flowers on a pedicel about 3-4 mm long. Tepals about 1.5-2.5 mm long. Female flowers: Flowers sessile. Styles absent or fused to form a hemispherical or button-shaped mass on the top of the ovary.


Capsules about 8-9 mm diam., deeply divided into bilobed cocci on a pedicel about 5 mm long.


Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 7-8 mm diam. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves +/- elliptic, midrib and main lateral veins raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade, stipules +/- filiform but with a fairly broad base. Seed germination time 13 days

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 150 m. Grows in rain forest, fringing forest, beach forest and gallery forest along creeks and rivers. Also occurs in New Guinea.

Phyllanthus lobocarpus Benth., Flora Australiensis 6: 97(1873), Type: Queensland. Rockhampton, OShanesy; Nerkool Creek, Bowman.
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