Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Xylosma sp. Temple Bay (P.I.Forster PIF8980)

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Female flowers [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves [not vouchered]. © G. Sankowsky
Scale bar 10mm. © CSIRO

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Flowers and fruits as a shrub about 3-4 m tall.


Leaf blades about 8-20 x 3.5-4.5 cm, petioles about 0.6-1.1 cm long. Lateral veins about 6-10 curving inside the blade margin and forming loops. Petiole grooved or channelled on the upper surface. Stipules small and inconspicuous.


Perianth about 1-1.5 mm long, margins of the perianth segments hairy or fimbriate. Male flowers: Disk consists of a ring of orange glands between the stamens and the perianth. Stamens about 15-24. Female flowers: Stigma papillose like the stigma in female flowers of Litsea spp.


Features not available.


Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to CYP, known only from a few collections from Temple Bay, Bolt Head and Bamaga areas. Altitudinal range not known but thought to be quite small and not extending much above sea level. Grows as an understory plant in rain forest, beach forest, monsoon forest and vine thickets.

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