Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Meiogyne heteropetala (F.Muell.) D.C.Thomas, Chaowasku & R.M.K.Saunders
Xue, B., Thomas, D.C., Chaowasku, T., Johnson, D.M. & Saunders, R.M.K. (2014) Systematic Botany 39(2): 401.
Usually grows into a small tree, not exceeding 30 cm dbh, but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Flowers dark maroon to almost black. Sepals triangular, about 5-6 x 3 mm. Petals densely clothed in prostrate hairs. Outer petals about 25-40 mm long. Inner petals about 6-8 mm long. Inner surface of petals dotted with purple glands. Anthers brown, filaments pink. Ovaries 1-5, clothed in simple hairs.
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards towards south eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 100 m. Grows in drier lowland rain forest and monsoon forest.
Food plant for the larval stages of the Green Spotted Triangle and the Pale Green Triangle Butterflies. Sankowsky & Neilsen (2000).
Fitzalania heteropetala (F.Muell.) F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 4: 34 (1864). Uvaria heteropetala F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 3: 1(1862), Type: In insulis Cumberland Islands. Eug. Fitzalan. Saccopetalum bidwillii Benth., Flora Australiensis 1: 53(1863), Type: Queensland. Wide Bay, Bidwill.