Quassia amara L.
Linnaeus, C. von (1762) Sp. Pl. ed. 2 : 553. Type: Guiana.
Bitterwood; Quassia, Surinam; Surinam Quassia
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-3 m tall.
Flowers emit a strong pungent odour. Inflorescence about 20-30 cm long. Pedicels about 10 mm long with a leaf-like scale or bract at the base. Calyx about 2-3 mm long. Petals about 20-35 mm long, bright red outside but white inside. Stamens outside the disk, attached to its base. Stamens about 30-40 mm long, exceeding the petals, filaments hairy near the base, anthers bright yellowish green, about 2 x 0.5 mm. Disk fleshy. Style about 30-35 mm long. Carpels seated on top of the disk.
Features not available.
An introduced species originally from Brazil now possibly locally naturalised in NEQ. Altitudinal range probably small. Found only in the Cairns region a few metres above sea level.
Psidium cattleianum orth. var. Sabine Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London 4.: 317 (1822) , Type: Orthographic variant (variant in spelling).