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Brombya platynema

Family

Rutaceae

Botanical Name

Brombya platynema F.Muell.

Mueller, F.J.H. von (1865) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 4. Type: In monte Baldhills tractus Seaview Range sinus Rockingham Bay. Dallachy..

Synonyms

Melicope platynema (F.Muell.) Engl., Die Naturlichen Pflanzenfamilien 3(4): 122(1896), Type: ?.

Common name

Brombya

Stem

Seldom grows beyond 30 cm dbh.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 8-21 x 4-8.2 cm, much paler on the underside. Leaves crowded towards the ends of twigs with fairly long sections (10 cm or more) devoid of leaves or leaf scars. About 6-11 main lateral veins on each side of the midrib. Oil dots visible with a lens if not visible to the naked eye.

Flowers

Flowers about 3-4 mm diam. Sepals about 1 mm long. Petals about 1.8-2.5 mm long with oil dots visible with a lens. Staminal filaments expanded, almost petaloid. Floral disk wavy but continuous, waxy white.

Fruit

Fruiting carpels about 6-7 x 3-4 mm, outer surface rugose, clothed in stellate hairs and marked by large oil glands beneath the surface of the epidermis. Seeds about 2-3 mm long.

Seedlings

Cotyledon margins very finely crenate, only slightly longer than wide. At the tenth leaf stage: teeth on leaf blade often obscure, but more noticeable at younger stages.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, widespread throughout the area. Altitudinal range from sea level to 1100 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites.

NEQ

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

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Tree

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RFK Code

177