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.
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.
Fruit eaten by Cassowaries and Fruit Pigeons. Cooper & Cooper (1994).