Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Gossia myrsinocarpa (F.Muell.) N.Snow & Guymer
Snow, N. & Guymer, G.P. (2003) Systematic Botany Monographs 65: 73.
Malanda Ironwood; Small-flowered Lignum
Pale granular stripes in the outer blaze.
Oil dots very numerous, visible with a lens if not visible to the naked eye. Intramarginal vein imparting a 3-veined appearance to the base of the leaf blade. Leaf blades about 4.5-7 x 1.5-3.2 cm.
Cotyledons narrowly elliptic or ovate, about 14-16 x 3-5 mm; intramarginal vein present, oil dots clearly visible with a lens. Stipules filiform, about 1.5 mm long. Stem below cotyledons (hypocotyl) thickened. First pair of leaves produced just above the cotyledons so that the cotyledons and the first pair of leaves form a whorl of quite similar leaf blades. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate, about 20-25 x 8-12 mm, petioles about 1-2 mm long. Seed germination time 4 to 34 days.
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 1000 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites but is probably more frequently found in drier, more seasonal rain forest.