Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Pleioluma queenslandica (P.Royen) Swenson

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Swenson, U. et al (2013) Taxon 62(4): 765.

Common name

Blush Coondoo; Tormenta; Plum Box; Coondoo Boxwood; Box, Plum; Boxwood, Coondoo


Outer blaze dark red-brown. Exudate quite conspicuous, although not copious.


Petioles produce a milky exudate. Leaf blades about 4-7.5 x 1.7-3.4 cm. Midrib depressed on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Leaf stalk grooved on the upper surface.


Sepals ovate, about 1.5-3 x 1.5-3 mm, whitish puberulous on the outer surface, ferruginously sericeous on the inner surface. Corolla about 3-5 mm long. Stamens inserted on the lower quarter of the corolla, filaments about 1.2 mm long, anthers about 1 mm long. Staminodes oblong, about 1-1.5 mm long. Ovary about 2-5 mm long. Style 5-ribbed, about 4-5 mm long.


Fruits obovoid, about 10-22 x 5-9 mm. Seeds 1 per fruit, fusiform, about 9-15 x 6-8 x 5-7 mm. Testa hard and woody, hilum narrow, more than half the length of the seed.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as north-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in CYP from 400-600 m. Grows in well developed rain forest and the drier, more seasonal rain forests.

Natural History & Notes

Produces a useful general purpose timber.

Wood specific gravity 0.70. Cause et al. (1989).


Pouteria queenslandica (P.Royen) Jessup, Austrobaileya 6: 161 (2001).Beccariella queenslandica (P.Royen) Aubrev., Adansonia ser. 2 3: 335(1964). Planchonella queenslandica P.Royen, Blumea 8: 341(1955), Type: Queensland, Eungetta Mts (Eungella?), Haines 136 Q; holo: K. Planchonella laurifolia (A.Rich.) Pierre, [Misapplied name].

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