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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, three side views and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Leaves, flowers and immature fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Flower. Copyright Barry Jago
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Abrophyllum ornans (F.Muell.) Hook.f. ex Benth.
Bentham, G. (1864) Flora Australiensis 2: 437. Type: ?.
Brachynema ornans F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 3: 90(1862), Type: Ad ripas fluminis Richmond prope Ballina. C. Moore.. Abrophyllum ornans var. microcarpum F.M.Bailey, Queensland Agricultural Journal 24: 221(1910), Type: Dunk Island, E.J. Banfield.. Abrophyllum ornans (F.Muell.) Benth. var. ornans, Queensland Agricultural Journal 24: 221(1910), Type: ?. Abrophyllum microcarpum (Bailey) Domin, Bibliotheca Botanica 89(4): 705(1928), Type: ?.
Abrophyllum; Beautiful Abrophyllum; Native Hydrangea
Grows into a tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh, but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Leaf blades about 11-20 x 3-7 cm, petioles about 3 cm long. Main lateral veins and some reticulate veins depressed on the upper surface of the leaf blade. Marginal teeth comparatively small and papillose. Twig pith septate.
Cotyledons elliptic, about 1-1.5 mm long. First pair of leaves clothed in simple hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade margin serrate with teeth all around the margin; both the upper and lower leaf surfaces clothed in simple hairs, likewise the stem and terminal bud.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Australia, occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards to south-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from 300-1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed upland and mountain rain forest but more frequently as a regrowth species in disturbed areas.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)