Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Syncarpia glomulifera (Sm.) Nied. subsp. glomulifera
Bean, A.R. (1995) Austrobaileya 4(3): 340.
Luster; Red Luster; Turpentine
Bark thick and fibrous.
Pale brown oil dots visible with a lens. Leaf bearing twigs and petioles clothed in short, pale hairs which become almost black with age. Leaf blades about 3.5-6.5 x 1.6-3.2 cm.
Fruits aggregated into heads, about seven individual fruits per head. Individual fruits sessile, densely pubescent, calyx lobes persistent at the apex. Seeds small, about 1.5-2 x 0.5 mm. Cotyledons rolled lengthways.
Cotyledons about 2 x 3-4 mm, apex truncate, base cuneate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, apex acute, base cuneate, upper surface with a few scattered, pale hairs; oil dots scattered, visible with a lens; petiole, stem and terminal bud clothed in long pale hairs. Seed germination time 12 to 36 days.
Endemic to Australia, occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from 300-1100 m. Grows in wet sclerophyll forest and on rain forest margins.
Much valued for use as wharf piles particularly when used with the bark still attached. Also used as sleepers. Swain (1928).
Wood specific gravity 0.94. Cause et al. (1989).