Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Wrightia versicolor S.T.Blake

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Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. © CSIRO
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Blake, S.T. (1848) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 59: 163. Type: Queensland, North Kennedy Barrabas scrub, W. of Ravenswood, in monsoon forest on deep loose coarse whitish sand, about 1,000 ft., abundant, Nov. 17th, 1942, S.T. Blake 14702.


Tree to 20 m tall, deciduous. Copious latex in bark.


Leaves glabrous, or with scattered hairs, petiole 8-10 mm long. Blade broadly elliptic, elliptic to lanceolate-elliptic, to 13 cm long x 3 cm wide, base cuneate, apex acuminate, dark green above and pale green on underside. Veins 12-18 on each side of midrib.


Inflorescence a cyme comprised of several fascicles each of 3-8 flowers. Flowers fragrant. Corolla yellow to orange; tube 4-7 mm long; lobes lanceolate-obovate, 8-12 mm long, densely hairy on both surfaces. Corona of 10 discrete lobes 2.5-5 mm long.


Fruit 11-24.5 cm long, lenticellate. Seeds narrowly oblong, 9-13 mm long; coma 25-35 mm long.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ and CEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 750 m. Grows in monsoon forest and vine thickets.

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