Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Gossia bidwillii (Benth.) N.Snow & Guymer
Snow, N. & Guymer, G.P. (2003) Systematic Botany Monographs 65: 39. Type: Comb. nov.
Scrub Ironwood; Python Tree; Smooth Barked Ironwood; Lignum; Lignum-vitae
A small tree. Bark reddish brown.
Fruits globular or depressed globular, about 7-8 mm diam., calyx lobes persistent at the apex. Testa membranous. Embryo coiled with the cotyledons +/- in the middle of the spiral. Cotyledons much more slender than the radicle.
Cotyledons lanceolate, about 4-7 x 1-1.5 mm. Oil dots clearly visible with a lens, more numerous near the margin. Stipules occur at the cotyledon and early leaf stages but are extremely small. Hypocotyl swollen. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate or elliptic, about 15-24 x 6-12 mm, apex mucronate; oil dots numerous, clearly visible with a lens. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Seed germination time 6 to 16 days.
Endemic to Australia, occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards to central New South Wales. Altitudinal range from 300-800 m. Grows in monsoon forest and similar dry rain forest situations.
Also refer to the Notes under Gossia sp. Green Bark (B.Hyland 25370RFK).