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Leaves and fruits. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cleistanthus xerophilus Domin
Domin, K. (1928) Bibliotheca Botanica 89(4): 879. Type: Nord-Queensland: Savannenwalder zwischen Chillagoe und dem Walsh River (DOMIN II. 1910); holo: PR.
A small tree seldom exceeding 20 cm dbh.
Fruit disintegrating at maturity leaving the stalk and central axis attached to the tree. Capsule 3-lobed, about 7-8 mm long on a pedicel about 10-11 mm long. Embryo green. Cotyledons much wider than the radicle.
Cotyledons obtriangular to orbicular, about 6-14 x 10-16 mm, apex truncate, base cuneate. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic or obovate, apex obtuse, base cuneate, hairy on both the upper and lower surfaces; stipules small, triangular, hairy.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 300 m. Grows in drier rain forest and monsoon forest but frequently encountered as a rheophyte along creeks and rivers through open forest country.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)