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Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit. Copyright Barry Jago
Male flower. Copyright Barry Jago
Fruit, many views, cross section and fruiting receptacle. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Female flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Levieria acuminata (F.Muell.) J.R.Perkins
Perkins, J.R. (1898) Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 25: 570. Type: ?.
Mollinedia acuminata F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 155(1866), Type: Sea View Range, 9 Nov. 1864, J. Dallachy; Lecto: MEL 2052268, fide Whiffin & Foreman (2007).
Straw Beech; Beech, Straw
Fine oak grain in the wood and a similar pattern in the inner blaze. Blaze darkening on exposure to reddish-brown.
Fine oak grain in the twigs. Leaf blades about 6.5-10 x 2.5-4 cm. Teeth normally present on some leaves, small and prickle-like, sometimes slightly curved and look as though attached to the leaf margin as an afterthought.
Flowers about 4-6 mm diam. Male flowers: Flowers with a small, flat receptacle bearing relatively large rotund tepals. Connective projecting beyond the anthers to form a broad appendage. Female flowers: Receptacle hairy, splitting irregularly from the outside following anthesis, carpels about 20.
Cotyledons elliptic to broadly ovate, about 10-15 mm long, apex mucronate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to obovate, apex acuminate, base cuneate, margin dentate along the upper 2/3 of the leaf blade, teeth with a fine apical point; hairy on the upper surface of the leaf blade, lateral veins about 3-5 each side of the midrib; petiole, terminal bud and stem densely clothed in long pale hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)