Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Pleurostylia opposita (Wall.) Alston
Alston, A.H.G. (1931) A Hand-book to the Flora of Ceylon 6 Suppl. : 48.
A small tree generally less than 20 cm dbh.
Inflorescence about 5-7 mm long. Flowers about 3 mm diam. Sepals rounded, about 0.2-0.5 mm long. Petals elliptic or broadly ovate to orbicular, about 1.2-1.5 mm. Stamens inserted outside the disk, filaments about 0.7-0.9 mm long. Disk fleshy, cupular, crenate, about 1.8 mm diam. Ovary about 0.5 mm diam. Locules one or two.
Cotyledons ovate to elliptic, about 8-13 x 4-8 mm, midrib raised on the upper surface. Stipules small, about 1 mm long. Stems 4-angled. At the tenth leaf stage: seedling glabrous, leaves obovate, apex obtuse, base cuneate; stipules very small, triangular with toothed margins; stem 4-angled or winged. Taproot orange. Seed germination time 161 to 270 days.
Occurs in NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and also in south-eastern Queensland but not yet collected in coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to about 200 m. In CYP and NEQ this species usually grows in beach forest or low scrub on sand dunes close to the sea. Also occurs in New Caledonia, Malesia, Sri Lanka, India and Mozambique.
This species may have medicinal properties.