Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Steganthera laxiflora (Benth.) Whiffin & Foreman subsp. laxiflora
Whiffin, T & Foreman, D.B. (2007) Flora of Australia 2: 452.
Beech, Tetra; Tetra Beech
Oak grain in the wood. Blaze odour faint, perhaps resembling guava (Psidium guajava).
Inflorescence usually shorter than the leaves, sometimes approximating the leaves. Flowers about 2-3 mm diam. Female flowers +/- operculate. Tepals small and inconspicuous, broad, and +/- rounded, up to 0.5 mm long. Staminal filaments fused to form a short thick tube, anthers opening by an apical slit. Carpels about 18-22, about 1 mm long, villous.
Receptacle yellowish-green, not very swollen, pubescent. Fruiting carpels ellipsoid, about 15-16 x 13 mm. Seed about 11-12 x 7-8 mm. Embryo about 5-6 x 1 mm. Cotyledons about as wide as (or slightly wider than) the radicle.
Cotyledons ovate to lanceolate or triangular, 20-25 mm long, 3-veined. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade +/- elliptic, apex acute or acuminate, base cuneate, margins serrate, teeth on the upper 2/3rds of the leaf blade, hairy on the upper surface; petiole, stem and terminal bud densely clothed in reddish brown hairs. Seed germination time 53 to 108 days.
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP(?), NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1100 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites.
Fruit eaten by Cassowaries and Fruit Pigeons. Cooper & Cooper (1994).