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Myrsine maculata Jackes

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Jackes, B.R. (2005) Australian Systematic Botany 18: 414. Type: Queensland, North Cedar Creek, Ravenshoe, H. Flecker NQNC 5524, 23 xii. 1938; Holo: BRI; Iso: QRS.


Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-4 m tall.


Leaf blades ovate, elliptic or obovate, about 4-6.5 x 1.5-3 cm. Midrib raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Lateral veins about 10-16 on each side of the midrib. Oil dots numerous, quite obvious with a lens, mainly clear and orbicular, streaky clear oil dots rare. Red orbicular oil dots more numerous towards the apex or margin of the leaf blade.


Flowers pedicellate, pedicels about 2 mm long. Corolla about 1.3-1.5 mm long. Corolla lobes much longer than the corolla tube. Corolla tube about 0.5 mm long, lobes about 0.8-1.5 mm long. Anthers about 0.5 mm long, filaments very short. Ovary globose, gland dotted. Stigma sessile. Ovules 3.


Fruits globular, about 2 mm diameter, glands red and clear.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Atherton Tableland area. Altitudinal range from 900-1100 m. Grows as an understory plant in wet sclerophyll forest or on rain forest margins.

Rapanea sp. (Ravenshoe CAIRNS 5524), Australian Tropical Rain Forest Trees, Shrubs & Vines : (2003). Rapanea sp. (Ravenshoe H. Flecker NQNC 5524), Names & Distribution of Queensland Plants, Algae & Lichens : 113(2002).
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