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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, several views, cross section and endocarp. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Flowers. Copyright Barry Jago
Leaves and fruit. Copyright B. Gray
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Antirhea tenuiflora Benth.
Bentham, G. (1867) Flora Australiensis 3: 418. Type: Queensland. Rockingham Bay, Dallachy..
Guettardella tenuiflora (Benth.) M.E.Jansen, Blumea 29(2): 586(1984), Type: ?. Matthiola tenuiflora (Benth.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 1: 288(1891), Type: ?. Guettarda tenuiflora (Benth.) F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 9: 183(1875), Type: ?.
Antirhea; Crimson Berry; Guettardella
Blaze darkens considerably on exposure.
Stipules about 5-8 mm long, gradually tapering to a fine point at the apex. Leaf blades about 6-15 x 2-6.5 cm. When held up to the light the veinlets between the main lateral veins appear to run +/- parallel to one another. Domatia are tufts of hair.
Inflorescence shorter than the leaves. Calyx about 2-2.5 mm, the lobes about 0.25 mm. Corolla tube about 6 mm long, more than four times the length of the corolla lobes. Corolla tube sparsely pubescent on the outer surface, but mainly glabrous on the inner surface (except near the base). Tips of the anthers just projecting beyond the corolla tube. Stigma 2-4-lobed.
Fruits about 10-15 x 7-10 mm. Endocarp with 3 or 4 longitudinal ribs or 3 or 4 lobes in cross section.
Cotyledons ovate, about 7-8 mm long, hairy on the upper surface mainly about the margin. Stipules present. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade +/- elliptic, densely hairy on both the upper and lower surfaces; petioles, terminal bud and stem densely hairy; stipules triangular, interpetiolar, hairy.
Distribution and Ecology
Fruit eaten by King parrots and Cassowaries. Cooper & Cooper (1994).
Leaf material of this species was active against some tumors. Collins et al. (1990).
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)