Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Pimelea aquilonia Rye

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Leaves and flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
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Rye, B.L. () Flora of Australia 18: 323. Type: Queensland, Newcastle Bay, 2.5 miles [4 km] S of Somerset homestead, 11 May 1948, L.J.Brass 18769; holo: BRI.

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Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-3 m tall.


Twigs clothed in short, pale prostrate hairs. Leaves produced in four ranks on the twigs. Leaf blades about 8-35 x 2-7 mm, petiole very short. Upper leaf blade surface +/- glabrous, underside clothed in pale prostrate hairs, venation obscure, very difficult to discern. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped.


Inflorescence with four or five flowers, subtended by leaf-like bracts. Perianth tube (hypanthium) about 9-11.5 mm long, hairy on both the outer and inner surfaces, perianth lobes about 2.5-5 mm long. Stamens subsessile in the throat of the perianth tube (hypanthium). Anthers about 2 mm long. Pollen orange. Style about 3 mm long, stigma papillose.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 700 m. Grows as an understory plant in beach forest and vine thickets. Also apparently found on granite slabs in exposed situations.

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