Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Sarcopteryx reticulata S.T.Reynolds

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Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. © CSIRO
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Reynolds, S.T. (1984) Austrobaileya 2(3): 54. Type: Cook District: Black Mt Rd, Kuranda, Dec 1963, L.J. Webb & J.G. Tracey 8222 (BRI, holo).


Sapwood surface corrugated.


Young shoots and younger leaf bearing twigs clothed in brown hairs. Leaf bearing twigs longitudinally grooved. Leaflets about 4-6(-8) in the compound leaf, each leaflet blade about 6-12.5 x 2-4.5 cm. Leaflet stalk swollen at its junction with the compound leaf rhachis.


Inflorescence about 3.5-16 cm long, pedicels about 2.5-5 mm long. Calyx lobes narrowly ovate, about 2 mm long, pubescent or puberulent. Petals broadly ovate, about 1.5 mm long, each petal with two large, hairy, lobed scales or structures near the base on the inner surface. Stamens eight, anther filaments hairy, about 3 mm long, inserted inside the disk.


Fruits not stipitate, subglobose or ellipsoidal, keeled or compressed at the sutures, about 10 x 10-20 mm. Aril completely enclosing the seed. Seeds +/- obovoid, about 7-8 x 5 mm.


First pair of leaves compound with 3-5 leaflets, terminal leaflet present. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflets ovate or lanceolate, apex acuminate, base cuneate or obtuse, upper surface hairy on the midrib and main lateral veins; petiole and rhachis of compound leaf and leaflet stalks densely clothed in pale brown, upright hairs. Seed germination time 10 to 27 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the area between the McIvor River and the Atherton Tableland. Altitudinal range from 100-1000 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites.

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