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Chionanthus sleumeri

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

Chionanthus sleumeri (C.T.White) Stearn

Stearn, W.T. (1995) Kew Bull. 50: 817. Type: ?.

Synonyms

Linociera coriacea C.T.White, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 47: 69(1936), Type: Mossman River Gorge, in rain-forest, L.J. Brass, 2125, February 9; holo: A?, BRI ?. Linociera sleumeri C.T.White, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 50: 82(1939), Type: Mossman River Gorge, in rain-forest, L.J. Brass, 2125, February 9; holo: A?, BRI ?.

Stem

A small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 14-29 x 3-8.5 cm, the apex with a long acuminate tip. Midrib raised on the upper surface. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin.

Flowers

Calyx lobes about 4 x 1-1.5 mm. Petals about 8-10 x 3.5 mm, 3-5-veined. Ovules basal, ascending, two per locule.

Fruit

Fruits globular, about 30 mm diam. Seed globular, about 20-25 mm diam.

Seedlings

First pair of leaves +/- sessile, midrib raised on the upper surface of the leaf blade and lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elongate-elliptic, apex acuminate, base shortly petiolate, glabrous, about 8-12 lateral veins each side of the midrib forming loops inside the blade margin. Midrib raised on the upper surface, petiole swollen. Cataphylls produced among the true leaves.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the coastal strip between Cape Tribulation and Innisfail. Altitudinal range from sea level to 50 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed lowland rain forest.

NEQ

X

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

X

Tree

X

RFK Code

1014