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Casearia grewiifolia var. gelonioides

Family

Salicaceae

Botanical Name

Casearia grewiifolia var. gelonioides (Blume) Sleumer

Jessup, L.W. () Flora of Australia 8: 83. Type: ?.

Synonyms

Casearia hexagona var. gelonioides Blume, Mus. Bot. 1: 255(1850), Type: Timor.

Stem

Bark rather hard to cut and blaze distinctly layered. Brownish brittle textured stripes usually visible in the inner blaze.

Leaves

Oil dots both orbicular and streaky, usually comet-shaped, visible to the naked eye. Leaf blades about 8-14 x 3.5-7 cm, usually alternate and not spirally arranged on the twigs. Stipules less than 2 mm long, shed early.

Flowers

Flowers about 7 mm diam. Perianth lobes about 2.5-3 mm long. Stamens usually 8 (sometimes 7 or 9), +/- equal in length, staminodes eight. Staminal filaments about 2 mm long, glabrous or sparsely pubescent towards the base. Pistil green, about 3 mm long, stigma yellow. Ovules numerous.

Fruit

Fruits about 25-40 mm long.

Seedlings

Cotyledons about 15 x 12-15 mm with streaky oil dots. At the tenth leaf stage: oil dots easily visible with a lens, mainly streaky; stipules small, triangular.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 200 m. Grows in well developed lowland rain forest and gallery forest. Also occurs in SE Asia, Malesia and the Solomon Islands.

Natural History

The aril covered seeds are eaten by Fruit Pigeons.

CYP

X

NEQ

X

Tree

X

RFK Code

519