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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, Epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Alchornea thozetiana (Baill.) Baill. ex Benth.
Bentham, G. (1873) Flora Australiensis 6: 137. Type: ?.
Alchornea thozetiana Benth. var. thozetiana, Flora Australiensis 6: 137(1873), Type: ?. Coelebogyne thozetiana Pax & K.Hoffm., Engler's Das Pflanzenreich Heft 63: 257(1914), Type: ?. Cladodes thozetiana Baill., Adansonia 6: 321(1866), Type: Thozet, near Rockhampton (herb. F. Muell.!)..
A small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh, often flowering and fruiting as a shrub.
About 2-4 flat glands on the underside of the leaf blade near its junction with the petiole. Leaf blades about 9-20 x 2.5-6.5 cm. Small oil dots visible with a lens. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Domatia are inconspicuous tufts of hair.
Male flowers: Flowers in spikes, fascicles or panicles, branches about 5-10 cm long. Female flowers: Flowers about 7 mm diam., in spikes or racemes about 5-10 cm long. Stigmas +/- subulate, about 3 mm long.
Cotyledons almost orbicular, about 17-19 mm diam., the petiole clothed in short pale hairs. First pair of leaves with toothed margins, stipules triangular, about 1 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves with recurved or hooked teeth, each with a pale gland at the apex; stipules triangular at the base but drawn out to a long fine point at the apex, hairy.
Distribution and Ecology
Probably endemic to Queensland, occurs in NEQ and southwards to south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range in NEQ from near sea level to 500 m. Grows in monsoon forest and the drier types of rain forest.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)