Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Symplocos crassiramifera Noot.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Nooteboom, H.P. (1975) Leiden Botanical Series 1 : 186. Type: Queensland, Devil Devil Creek, c. 8 miles SSW. of Mossman,L.S. Smith 3965; holo: BRI.


Usually flowers and fruits as a single-stemmed shrub about 1-3 m tall.


Leaves quite large, leaf blades often about 30-40 x 4-8 cm. Lateral veins forming loops just inside the blade margin. Twigs, petioles and terminal buds clothed in dark brown hairs. Petioles quite short, about 0.3-0.6 cm long.


Inflorescence about 3-15 cm long. Calyx lobes about 1 mm long, appressed brown pubescent. Corolla about 4-5 mm long, glabrous. Stamens about 25. Styles glabrous, about 3 mm long.


Fruits flask-shaped, about 7-10 x 4-6 mm, calyx lobes persistent at the apex. Seed ovoid to pyriform, about 7-8 x 4 mm. Embryo U-shaped.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, known from the headwaters of the South Mossman River to Mt Lewis. Altitudinal range from 300-1000 m. Grows as an understory plant in undisturbed or only slightly disturbed upland and mountain rain forest.

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