Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Medicosma glandulosa T.G.Hartley

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and Flowers. © A. Ford & F. Goulter
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Cotyledon and 10th leaf stage, epigeal germination. © CSIRO

Hartley, T.G. (1985) Australian Journal of Botany 33: 42. Type: Qld. Cook District. .. State Forest Reserve 143 Carbine logging area, Hyland RFK 3172, 12.ii.1975 (CANB, holotype, QRS, isotype).


Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.


Leaf blades about 3.5-18 x 1.5-6 cm, rather sticky and aromatic when crushed.


Pedicels nil or up to 0.5 mm long. Petals 2.5-3.5 mm long. Stamens eight, dimorphic, four long and four short. Staminal filaments hairy. Style hairy towards the base.


Fruits glabrous, about 4-5 mm long. Seeds about 4-5 x 2 mm, testa obscurely striate and minutely rugulose.


Cotyledons elliptic, about 6 mm long. Oil dots small, more conspicuous about the margin. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate, teeth inconspicuous, mainly along the upper 1/3 of the leaf blade, glabrous. Seed germination time 94 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the higher mountains between Mt Finnigan and Mt Lewis. Altitudinal range from 1000-1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed mountain rain forest.

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