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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Flower. Copyright Barry Jago
Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, two views and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Leaves and fruit. Copyright A. Ford & F. Goulter
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
1st leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Citronella smythii (F.Muell.) R.A.Howard
Howard, R.A. (1940) Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 21: 475. Type: ?.
Chariessa smythii (F.Muell.) Becc., Malesia 1: 118(1877), Type: ?. Villaresia smythii F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 156(1865), Type: Ad sinum Rockinghams Bay. Dallachy.. Villaresia adenophylla Domin, Bibliotheca Botanica 89(4): 604(1928), Type: Nord-Queensland: Regenwalder bei Harveys Creek (DOMIN I. 1910).
Soapbox; Beech, Northern Silky; White Oak; Beech, Silky; Northern Silky Beech; Silky Beech; Oak, White
Inflorescence usually a raceme of heads. Petals about 3-4.5 mm long. Ovary +/- glabrous. Usually one style developed but one or two vestigial styles usually visible. Stigma terminal, not much wider than the style and less than 1/4 of the diameter of the ovary.
Fruits 12-16 mm long. Seeds with a longitudinal groove formed by the intrusion of the endocarp.
Cotyledons ovate, about 39-45 x 30-38 mm, petioles hairy. First leaf blades ovate-elliptic, with both surfaces clothed in hairs. Hypocotyl clothed in hairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves hairy on the upper surface at least along the midrib and main lateral veins; terminal bud, stem, petiole and expanding leaves densely hairy.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP (as far north as Mt Carter) and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites.
Fallen fruit eaten by Cassowaries. Cooper & Cooper (1994).