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Lepiderema sericolignis (F.M.Bailey) Radlk., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 20: 29 (1924)
Silkwood.

Cupania sericolignis F.M.Bailey, Queensland Dept. Agric. Bot. Bull. 5: 11 (1892). T: Barron River Kamerunga, near Cairns, Qld, May 1892, E.Cowley 69a ; lecto: BRI, fide L.Radlkofer, Pflanzenr. 98: 1217 (1933), by exclusion of collection from Mulgrave R. which is Guioa acutifolia .

Illustration: S.T.Reynolds, Austrobaileya 1: fig. 39B (1982).

Tree to 4 m. Branchlets, leaves and peduncles glabrous. Leaf rachis 4–14 cm long; leaflets 2 or 3 pairs, rarely 4, elliptic-oblong or ovate-oblong, obtuse or shortly acuminate, entire, oblique and acute or obtuse at base, 5–16.5 cm long, 2–6.5 cm wide; petiolules 3–7 mm long, mainly pulvinus; petiole 2–7 cm long. Inflorescence ramiflorous, raceme-like, 2–4.5 cm long, few-flowered; pedicels 2 mm long. Calyx lobes hyaline, 1.5–2.5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide. Petals as long as calyx, white. Filaments 1–1.5 mm long. Fruit globose to ellipsoidal, 1–1.5 cm long and wide; valves apricot outside, red inside; calyx lobes persistent. Fig. 11L.

Occurs in N Qld between Mossman and Mt Fox. Grows in riverine rainforest. Map 63.

Qld: Mt Fox, 2–4 Dec. 1949, M.S.Clemens (BRI); Daintree at Ferry Crossing, B.P.M.Hyland 7045 (BRI); Mossman Gorge, J.Wrigley & I.Telford NQ 1164 (BRI).

Lepiderema sericolignis differs from other species in its broad, 2- or 3-paired leaflets and usually small inflorescence.

(S.T.Reynolds)

 

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 25 (1985), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia