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Helicia lamingtoniana (F.M.Bailey) C.T.White ex L.S.Sm.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Smith, L.S. (1952) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 62: 79.

Common name

Lamington Silky Oak; Oak, Silky; Oak, Lamington's Silky; Silky Oak; Lamington's Silky Oak


Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze.


Oak grain in the twigs. Young shoots and younger leaf bearing twigs densely clothed in short rusty or dark brown hairs. Leaf blade fairly large, about 9-24 x 4.5-11 cm. Teeth conspicuous, peg-like and slightly curved.


Tepals about 12-18 mm long, dark rufous-tomentose. Ovary densely rufous-tomentose. Ovules 2.


Fruits ovoid or ellipsoid, about 10-17 x 8 mm, style about 6-12 mm long, persistent at the apex. Flesh of the fruit iridescent purple. Seed about 8-10 x 6-7 mm. Radicle about 1.5 mm long.


Cotyledons fleshy, without venation, hypocotyl hairy. First pair of leaves ovate, margins dentate, teeth irregular, apiculate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to obovate, apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate, margin of leaf blade irregularly dentate, upper surface hairy at least along the midrib. Leaf blade arched between lateral veins; petiole, terminal bud and stem densely clothed in reddish brown hairs. Seed germination time 18 to 32 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Atherton Tableland area. Altitudinal range from 600-1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed upland and mountain rain forest.

Hollandaea lamingtoniana F.M.Bailey, Queensland Agricultural Journal 5(4): 390(1899), Type: Evelyn, J.F. Bailey.
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