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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, side view, cross section and seeds. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Capparis lucida (DC.) R.Br. ex Benth.
Bentham, G. (1863) Flora Australiensis 1: 96. Type: ?.
Capparis lucida (DC.) Benth. f. lucida, Bibliotheca Botanica 89(4): 688(1928), Type: ?. Thilachium lucidum DC., Prodromus 1: 254(1824), Type: Queensland, In insula Booby inter Nov.-Holl. et Nov.-Guineam. Capparis lucida Banks! herb. (v.s. in h. Banks.) Holo: BM?. Busbeckea corymbiflora F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 1: 163(1858), Type: Qld. In insula Lord Howicks Group. [given by M.Jacobs, Blumea 12 (1965) 520 as F. von Mueller s.n. (K, MEL). F. Mueller probably not collector.
Frequently grows into a small tree, sometimes somewhat scandent but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub 3-4 m tall.
Sepals about 9-13 mm long. Outer pair of sepals fused to form a calyptra which splits irregularly. Inner pair of sepals free from one another. Petals about 15-20 mm long. Stamens about 50-85. Gynophore about 25-65 mm long, pubescent at the base.
Cotyledons lanceolate, about 22-30 x 11-15 mm, apex acute, base obtuse. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves ovate, stipules straight and spiny, about 4-7 mm long. Stem hairs translucent to white, small and hooked at the apex.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards to south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. Usually found at low elevations close to sea level. Grows in beach forest but also found in vine thickets and monsoon forest. Also occurs in Malesia.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)