Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Tapeinosperma pseudojambosa (F.Muell.) Mez

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Leaf and fruit [not vouchered]. © A. Ford

Mez, C.C. (1902) Das Pflanzenreich Heft 9 : 170.


Small shrubs or trees to 12 m. Trunk slender, bark smooth, nondescript to mottled greyish-brown, lenticellate, blaze cream to pinkish-red; branchlets reddish with small ridges extending down from base of the petiole.


Petiole reddish, 1-6 mm long. Leaf blade broadly ovate and abruptly tapering to acuminate apex, 7-13 x 2.2-6.5 cm, glabrous or with rufous-coloured hairs. Margins undulate, entire or crenulate, midrib depressed.Glands 1-4.


Inflorescence 3-10 cm long, branches reddish. Flowers 3-4 mm long, prominent red-coloured glands on calyx, corolla and style.


Depressed globular 6-7 mm long, 7-8 mm diam. Dark pink to red. Glands black when dry, style persistent.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia. Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards to north of Bundaberg. Altitudinal range from 70-600 m. Grows as an understory plant in undisturbed lowland and upland rain forest on drier sites or along creeks.

Ardisia pseudojambosa F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 4(27): 81(1864), Type: Queensland. North Kennedy District: Mt Elliot, Fitzalan (lecto: MEL1612779; isolecto: MEL1612768).
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