Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Petalostigma banksii Britten & S.Moore
Moore, S. le M. (1903) The Journal of Botany 41 : 225. Type: Queensland, Endeavour River, 1770, Banks & Solander; holo: BM. Fide Airy Shaw (1980).
Can grow into a small tree but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-4 m tall.
Cotyledons about 10-11 x 6-7 mm. First pair of true leaves hairy on both the upper and lower surfaces. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, apex obtuse, upper and lower surfaces densely clothed in pale brown to off white hairs. Stem clothed in similar hairs. Stipules green, about 8 mm long, densely clothed in long white hairs. Seed germination time 651 days.
Endemic to Australia, occurs in NT, CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to about 900 m. Usually grows in open forest but also found in monsoon forest and vine thickets.