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Cupaniopsis flagelliformis (F.M.Bailey) Radlk., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 20: 31 (1924)

Cupania flagelliformis F.M.Bailey, Queensland Dept. Agric. Bot. Bull. 8: 73 (1893). T: Barron River, Qld, E.Cowley ; holo: BRI.

Cupaniopsis curvidentata (F.M.Bailey) Radlk., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 20: 31 (1924); Cupania curvidentata F.M.Bailey, Queensland Agric. J. 5: 483 (1899). T: Stony Ck, near Cairns, Qld, L.J.Nugent ; holo: BRI

Illustration: S.T.Reynolds, Austrobaileya 4: 52 fig. 4R–T (1984).

Tree to 25 m, with spreading crown. Young parts densely hairy, the branchlets and leaf axes rusty pubescent, lenticellate. Leaf rachis 6–18 cm long; leaflets 12–20, narrowly elliptic or oblong, subobovate or subovate, acute to obtuse, serrate or serrulate, obtuse to acute at base, 3.5–9 cm long, 1–16 cm wide, glabrous or puberulous above, pubescent or puberulent below; petiolule 2–12 mm long; petiole 3.5–9 cm long. Panicles 9–55 cm long, usually pendulous, peduncles tomentose; cymules and flowers sessile. Calyx lobes 4–5 mm long, silky outside. Petals ovate, to 2.5 mm long, pink; scales long. Fruit sessile, obovoid, ellipsoidal or depressed-globose, 3–6-sulcate, 1.5–2.2 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm diam., villous, pinkish-brown or orange-yellow; valves densely silky inside, drying deeply wrinkled. Aril cupular, yellow-orange. 

Occurs in N Qld and on ranges along border between Qld and N.S.W. Grows in rainforest. 

The species is distinguished by the long pendulous branches of the inflorescence, rosy pink flowers and yellow or pinkish brown villous fruits. There are two varieties.


Fruit subglobose, valves thin, pink- brown; secondary peduncles to 60 cm long; leaflets 6–10 pairs

var. flagelliformis

Fruit ellipsoidal to obovoid; valves thick, yellow; secondary peduncles to 17 cm long; leaflets 6 or 7 pairs

var. australis


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