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Cryptocarya glaucocarpa

Family

Lauraceae

Botanical Name

Cryptocarya glaucocarpa B.Hyland

Hyland, B.P.M. (1989) Australian Systematic Botany 2: 188. Type: B. Hyland 3628 RFK: Claudie River, 21.xi.1977 (QRS, holotypus).

Stem

Generally a small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.

Leaves

Twigs +/- terete or slightly angular, clothed in straight, pale brown, appressed hairs when young but soon becoming glabrous. Leaf blades about 9-16 x 3.5-6 cm, green on the underside, clothed in straight, white or pale brown, appressed hairs when young but soon becoming glabrous. Midrib depressed on the upper surface. Petioles channelled on the upper surface. Oil dots visible with a lens.

Flowers

Inflorescence paniculate, not exceeding the leaves. Flower features unknown.

Fruit

Fruits ellipsoid, about 13-17 x 10-12 mm. Surface of the fruits usually covered by an opaque glaucous bloom. Cotyledons cream.

Seedlings

First pair of leaves ovate, elliptic or almost orbicular, about 28-50 x 15-35 mm, green on the underside. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate, apex acuminate; upper surface of new leaves hairy, but only along midrib on older leaves; oil dots small, visible only with a lens. Petiole densely hairy.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to CYP, known only from collections made on the Claudie River in the Iron Range area. Altitudinal range from sea level to 80 m. Grows as an understory tree in gallery forest.

Natural History

This species has no commercial value as it seldom grows large enough to produce millable logs. Wood specific gravity 0.87. Hyland (1989).

CYP

X

Tree

X

RFK Code

781