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Lophostemon confertus (R.Br.) Peter G.Wilson & J.T.Waterh.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Flowers. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: unknown.
Leaves and flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Fruit. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
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Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. © CSIRO
10th leaf stage. © CSIRO

Wilson, Peter G. & Waterhouse, J.T. (1982) Australian Journal of Botany 30: 424.

Common name

Vinegartree; Box, Queensland; Pink Box; Box Scrub; Box, Pink; Box, Brisbane; Box, Brush; Brush Box; Brisbane Box; Brisbane Box Tree; Queensland Box; Scrub Box


Bark somewhat rough and flaky on the lower bole but smooth and brownish on the upper bole and branches. Narrow cream or pale brown brittle stripes in the blaze.


Leaf blades about 7-15 x 2.5-4.5 cm, crowded together in groups of about 3-5 at the ends of twigs. Seldom more than one oil dot per reticulation. Conspicuous vegetative buds generally terminating the twigs. Young shoots clothed in pale, prostrate, silky hairs. Young shoots produce a milky exudate when broken.


Calyx lobes subulate, caducous. Staminal fascicles about 10-15 mm long, opposite the petals. Stamens usually more than 70 per fascicle.


Fruit about 10-15 mm diam., included in the calyx tube (hypanthium). Seeds linear, about 2-3 mm long.


Cotyledons shortly ovate to triangular, about 2-3 mm long with a few very small oil dots visible only with a lens. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade +/- elliptic, apex acute, both the upper and lower surfaces clothed in long, white or pale hairs; oil dots numerous, just visible to the naked eye; petioles and terminal bud tip densely clothed in white or pale, erect hairs. Seed germination time 4 to 14 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards to coastal central New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from 150-850 m. Grows in wet sclerophyll forest, on rain forest margins and in rain forest which is advancing into eucalypt forest.

Natural History & Notes

Food plant for the larval stages of the Common Red-eye, Rare Red-eye and Eastern Flat Butterflies. Common & Waterhouse (1981).

A very popular flooring timber in New South Wales and southern Queensland but seldom used in northern Queensland. Also used for wharf decking. Swain (1928).

Timber formerly use as cobbler's lasts. Swain (1928).

Tristania conferta R.Br. var. conferta, Hort, Kew ed. 2 4: 417(1812), Type: New South Wales, Hunter River, R. Brown (Bennett sheet No. 4816), BM. (Fide Wilson & WAterhouse 1982). Tristania conferta var. fibrosa F.M.Bailey, The Queensland Flora 2: 636(1900), Type: Pimpama, W.B. Bailey.
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