Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Terminalia porphyrocarpa Benth.
Bentham, G. (1864), Flora Australiensis 2: 501. Type: Queensland. Mount Archer, Rockhampton, Dallachy; Fitzroy river, Bowman.
Bandicoot Plum, Brown Damson
Leaves simple and alternate, spirally arranged and crowded at ends of branches common for genus. Stipules absent. Petioles 0.4-3 cm, with appressed hairs, occasionally with 1 or 2 obscure lateral glands present. Leaf blade oblanceolate to broadly obovate, about 3.5-10 x 2.5-6 (7.5) cm wide, base cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse or shortly acuminate. Nectar-producing glands occasional on the underside of the leaf blade; domatia absent or if present seen at base of leaf on lower surface as quite obscure depressions with denser cluster of hairs in axil of lateral vein and midrib. Midrib raised or flush with the upper surface. Leaves glabrescent or remaining sparsely hairy.
Inflorescence an axillary spike, about the same length as leaves; bracts lanceolate to linear, 1-4 mm long, caducous. Flowers male towards apex of spike and bisexual usually towards base. Male flowers 3-4 mm long, bisexual flowers 6-7 mm long. Perianth of one whorl, usually glabrous inside and outside, tube sometimes pubescent; 5 lobed, lobes triangular, white, about 2 mm long. Staminal filaments 10, of different lengths, 5 short and 5 long, up to 4 mm, opposite and alternate with the perianth lobes; alternate stamens attached to tepals. Disk villous. Style glabrous. Ovary inferior, 1-locular.
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Occurs in CEQ. Found in dry rainforest and vine thicket communities and often associated with limestone.
This species can be difficult to distinguish from T. melanocarpa and differentiating characters are discussed under that species. This profile information and associated coding has been adapted from Byrnes (1977) and Harden et al. (2014).