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Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Flower and buds. Copyright Barry Jago
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Alphitonia oblata A.R.Bean
Bean, A.R. (2010) Muelleria 28(1): 13. Type: Queensland. North Kennedy: Bruce Highway, 10.5 km NNE of Tully, 30 December 1992, A.R.Bean 5324 (holotype BRI; isotypes K, MEL).
Alphitonia incana (Roxb.) Teijsm. & Binn. ex Kurz, The Journal of Botany 11: 208(1873), Type: Mame misapplied to Australian material. Alphitonia moluccana Teijsm. & Binn. ex Braid, Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew: 184(1925), Type: Moluccas (Indonesia), 1868, J. E. Teijsmann s.n.; holo: K. Fide K.. Rhamnus incana Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 350(1824), Type: Calcutta Botanic Gardens (Cult.), W. Roxburgh; iso: K, BR(?).
Hairy Sarsaparilla Ash; Sarsaparilla; Philippine Sarsaparilla
Faint liniment odour in the blaze.
Leaf blades about 8-20 x 2.5-5.5 cm, almost white on the underside. Freshly broken twigs emit a faint or strong liniment odour. Stipules long and narrow, approx. 6-10 x 1 mm tapering to a fine point. Terminal buds and young shoots densely clothed in short, brown hairs.
Cotyledons about 9-11 mm long. First pair of leaves toothed. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade white on the underside from matted, downy hairs; stem and petiole clothed in erect, straight hairs; stipules linear, hairy.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 300 m. Grows in well developed lowland rain forest. This species is favoured by disturbance and is a characteristic component of rain forest regrowth in lowland areas. Also occurs in Malesia.
In Australia the name Alphitonia incana has previously been misapplied to this species.