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Rhysotoechia florulenta S.T.Reynolds

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Reynolds, S.T. (1991) Austrobaileya 3: 490. Type: Queensland. Cook District: S. F. R. 143, Parish of Kanawarra, Carbine L. A., Mt Lewis, 16 Oct.1989, B. Gray 5129 (holo: BRI; iso: BRI, QRS).


Usually a small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh. Lenticels quite numerous. Blaze odour difficult to describe but not pleasant.


Compound leaf rhachis convex on the upper surface. Leaflets about 4-8 in the compound leaf, each leaflet blade about 7-11.5 x 3.4-5.7 cm, slightly oblique at the base.


Flowers cream, about 6-7 mm diam., in large panicles about 10-40 cm long. Calyx lobes about 3-4 x 2.5-3 mm. Petals broadly ovate, about 2.5-3 mm long, with two prominent scales or crest-like appendages on the inner surface close to the base. Stamens eight, filaments hairy on the lower half, about 3 mm long, inserted inside the yellowish-green doughnut-shaped disk. Ovary +/- glabrous.


Fruit about 2.5 cm long. Inner surface of the capsule yellow-orange. Aril orange-yellow, covering only the base of the seed. Cotyledons green.


First pair of leaves; midrib raised on the upper surface. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades elliptic, unequal-sided at the base. Midrib slightly raised on the upper surface of the leaflet blade.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, known only from the Mt Lewis area. Grows in mountain rain forest at elevations around 1000 m.

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