Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Xanthophyllum fragrans C.T.White
White, C.T. (1939) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 50: 67. Type: Qld, Daintree River, L.J. Brass and C.T. White, 264; holo: BRI.
Outer blaze orange-yellow.
Inflorescence about 8-12 cm long, individual flowers quite large. Sepals puberulent, about 10-15 mm long, inner larger than the outer. Petals glabrous, about 70 x 10-15 mm, marked by purple or mauve streaks. Stamens eight. Staminal filaments glabrous, about 60 mm long, closely adhering to the basal part of the petals, but without any vascular attachment, anthers about 3 mm long. Disk about 1 mm high, margin irregularly lobed. Ovary glabrous, about 10 x 5 mm, stipitate, stipe about 10 mm long. Ovules 30 or more. Style about 30-35 mm long.
Cotyledons elliptic to almost orbicular, about 40-50 x 35-45 mm, slightly cordate at the base. First pair of true leaves lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade lanceolate or ovate, glabrous, apex acuminate, base obtuse or cuneate; petiole and stem glabrous. Seed germination time 29 to 55 days.
A very attractive tree that has potential in tropical parks and gardens. Large cream, highly perfumed flowers are followed by decorative orange fruits.