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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, side view and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Habit, flower, anther, staminode, gland, fruit, seedling. Copyright CSIRO
Cryptocarya lividula B.Hyland
Hyland, B.P.M. (1989) Australian Systematic Botany 2: 193. Type: B. Gray 1851: State Forest Reserve 310, Gillies Logging Area, 10.xii.1980 (QRS, holotypus)..
Blue Laurel; Laurel, Blue
Twigs fluted and clothed in straight, brown, appressed hairs, particularly when young. Leaf blades about 6-9.3 x 1.9-4 cm, often with a bluish sheen on the upper surface, glaucous on the underside, rarely green, clothed in straight, pale brown, appressed hairs when young but eventually becoming almost glabrous. Midrib translucent, raised or flush with the upper surface. Petioles flat or channelled on the upper surface. Oil dots visible with a lens.
Inflorescence paniculate, not exceeding the leaves. Flowers unpleasantly perfumed. Lower half of the perianth tube glabrous or pubescent on the inner surface. Tepals about 1.5-2 mm long, pubescent on the outer surface. Ovary and style glabrous.
First pair of leaves ovate to cordate, about 40-52 x 18-28 mm, glaucous on the underside. At the tenth leaf stage: apex long, acuminate; leaves glaucous on the underside; oil dots very small, visible with a lens. Petioles hairy.
Distribution and Ecology
This species has little commercial value and has seldom been converted into sawn timber. Wood specific gravity 0.93. Hyland (1989).