Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Leionema ellipticum Paul G.Wilson

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Wilson, Paul G. (1998) Nuytsia 12(2): 273. Type: Queensland, Mt Finnigan, 25 Dec.1991, K.R.McDonald; holo: BRI 520388.


May attain the dimensions of a small tree but to date known only from collections made form shrubs about 1-4 m tall.


Oil dots easily seen with the naked eye but the leaves not particularly aromatic when crushed. Leaf blades leathery, about 40-60 x 20-26 mm, margins recurved, petioles about 2-4 mm long. Lateral veins not conspicuous on the underside, about 6-8 on each side of the midrib. Terminal bud clothed in hairs.


Calyx lobes ovate to triangular, about 0.8-0.9 mm long. Petals rather fleshy, about 3.5-4 x 1 mm. Stamens 10. Five stamens short and opposite the petals, five stamens longer and alternating with the petals. Ovary 5-lobed, the lobes +/- erect and surrounding the base of the style.


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Distribution and Ecology

Known only from a few collections made on Mt Finnigan in NEQ. Altitudinal range not known, collections made at 1000-1500 m altitude. Grows in mountain rain forest.

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