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Rhysotoechia robertsonii (F.Muell.) Radlk., Sitzungsber. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. München 9: 522, 542, 657 (1879)

Cupania robertsonii F.Muell., Fragm. 5: 146 (1866). T: Rockingham Bay, Qld, J.Dallachy ; ?iso: NSW.

Rhysotoechia contermina Domin, Biblioth. Bot. 89: 351 (1927). T: Harvey Creek, Qld, Dec. 1909, K.Domin ; n.v.

Illustration: S.T.Reynolds, Austrobaileya 2: 43 fig. 3L–N (1984).

Tree to 16 m. Young parts densely rusty villous; branchlets puberulent, minutely lenticellate. Leaf rachis 9–12.5 cm long, dilated; leaflets usually 6–10, elliptic-oblong or subobovate, acuminate or acute, oblique and acute at base, 7–17 cm long, 2.5–5.5 cm wide, glabrous above, puberulous below; lateral nerves 12–16 pairs; petiolules long-pulvinate, 2–6 mm long; petiole 2.5–4 cm long. Panicles 14–25 cm long, densely flowered; pedicels 2–4 mm long. Calyx lobes 2–3 mm long. Petals 2 mm long, with thickened basal margins, puberulent inside. Filaments 1–2 mm long. Fruit shortly stipitate, obovoid or subglobose, 1.6–2.8 cm long, 2.2–3.2 cm diam., 3-locular, orange-yellow with red flush; valves reticulate, glandular inside. Fig. 12P–Q.

Occurs in N Qld from near Mossman to Cardwell. Usually grows along creeks in fringing rainforest. Map 82.

Qld: Russell River, A.W.Dockrill 1082 (BRI); Harvey Ck, Nov. 1947, H.Flecker (BRI); Bushy Ck, SW of Julattan, V.K.Moriarty 2175 (BRI); Ravenshoe, Nov. 1961, E.Volck (BRI).

The villous hairy tips of the branchlets and shortly stalked leaflets easily distinguish this species.

(S.T.Reynolds)

 

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