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Female flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, Epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Actephila petiolaris subsp. petiolaris
Actephila petiolaris Benth. subsp. petiolaris
Bentham, G. (1873) Flora Australiensis 6: 89. Type: Queensland. Rockingham Bay, Dallachy. Holo: K.
A small tree seldom exceeding 20 cm dbh. Blaze odour resembles that of freshly shelled peas (Pisum sativum).
Leaves glabrous or with scattered fawn indumentum when young. Leaf blades about 9-21 x 5-9 cm, elliptic-ovate, rarely obovate. Petioles long, about 2-9 cm long, grooved on the upper surface and swollen at its junction with the twig. Stipules small and inconspicuous.
Tufts of hair occur on the tips of the tepals. Stamens inserted on a large disk.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 40-45 mm diam. with 3-5 main veins radiating from the base. At the tenth leaf stage: lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin; midrib raised on the upper surface; petioles green, long and slender, channelled on the upper surface; stipule margins often fimbriate; stem lenticels pale, often quite numerous.
Distribution and Ecology
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)