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Antirhea putaminosa



Botanical Name

Antirhea putaminosa (F.Muell.) F.M.Bailey

Bailey, F.M. (1900) The Queensland Flora 3: 760. Type: ?.


Guettardella putaminosa (F.Muell.) Benth., Flora Australiensis 3: 419(1867), Type: ?. Matthiola putaminosa (F.Muell.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 1: 288(1891), Type: ?. Guettarda putaminosa (F.Muell.) F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 9: 183(1875), Type: ?. Bobea putaminosa (F.Muell.) F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 212(1865), Type: ?. Timonius putaminosus F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 4: 92(1864), Type: Queensland. In silvis urbi Rockhampton vicinis. Thozet. Holo: MEL.


Occasionally grows into a small tree but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-4 m tall.


Stipules triangular, pubescent, about 1-2 mm long, clothed in pale prostrate hairs. Leaves small, leaf blades about 1.5-3 x 1-1.5 cm. Petioles clothed in pale hairs.


Peduncles long and slender, about 10-20 mm long, sometimes could be mistaken for pedicels. Calyx lobes about 1 mm long. Corolla tube about 4 mm long, lobes +/- orbicular, about 1 mm long.


Fruits globose, about 5 mm diam., calyx lobes persistent at the apex and bracts usually persistent at the base. Endocarp hard.


Cotyledons elongated, about 10 x 3 mm, apex +/- mucronate. First pair of leaves opposite, stipulate, stipules interpetiolar, about 1-2 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, about 10-15 x 6-8 mm with a few hairs on both the upper and lower surfaces, stipules interpetiolar, about 1-2 mm long, hairy on the outer surface.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in NEQ and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from 200-600 m. Grows in monsoon forest, vine thickets and some of the drier rain forests particularly those with Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii).



Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)


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