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Argophyllum verae

Family

Argophyllaceae

Botanical Name

Argophyllum verae P.I.Forst.

Forster, P.I. (1990) Austrobaileya 3(2): 173. Type: 1 km N of Maloneys Springs, 12 27 S, 142 55 E, 19 June 1989, P.I.Forster 5285 & M.C.Tucker; holo: BRI; iso: CANB, K, MEL, MO, P, QRS.

Stem

Flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-2 m tall.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 10-18.5 x 6-9.5 cm, margin inconspicuously toothed, petioles about 2.5-3.1 cm long. Lateral veins about 8-14 on each side of the midrib.

Flowers

Inflorescence about 3 cm long. Flowers about 4-5 mm diam., hypanthium about 1-1.5 mm long, calyx lobes about 2-3 mm long. Petals about 2 mm long with a skirt of tissue attached to the inner surface and white hairs on the outer surface. Ovary surrounded by a yellow-orange disk. Ovules numerous.

Fruit

Capsules and peduncles densely clothed in fine white hairs. Capsules small, about 3.5 mm diam., calyx lobes persistent at the apex. Seeds numerous, minute, orbicular, about 0.5 mm diam. or smaller. Testa wrinkled. Embryo ellipsoid, very small, less than 0.25 mm long.

Seedlings

Cotyledons elliptic, about 2 x 1.5 mm, venation not visible. First leaves with white hispid hairs on both the upper and lower surfaces. Margin with a few irregular blunt teeth. At the tenth leaf stage: stem, petiole and the underside of the leaf blade appear white as the result of a covering of sericeous silky hairs. Leaf blade elliptic to ovate, apex acute, base cuneate to obtuse. Margin with 20-30 short teeth on each side. Lateral veins about 9 on each side of the midrib.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from 100-450 m. Usually grows on the margin between open eucalypt forest and rain forest or in fragmented monsoon forest.

CYP

X

NEQ

X

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)

X

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

X

RFK Code

3445