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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Habit, flower, anther, staminode, gland, fruit, seedling. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, two views, cross section and seed. Copyright W. T. Cooper
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Cryptocarya rhodosperma B.Hyland
Hyland, B.P.M. (1989) Australian Systematic Botany 2: 204. Type: B. Gray 3077: State Forest Reserve 310 Gadgarra, 25.v.1983, 25.v.1983 (QRS, holotypus).
Lenticels tend to be in sinuous longitudinal lines. Blaze odour may resemble that of peaches (Prunus persica).
Twigs fluted and clothed in straight and tortuous, pale brown, erect hairs which persist to some extent, even on old twigs. Leaf blades about 8-14.5 x 3-8 cm, glaucous on the underside, clothed in straight and tortuous, white and pale brown, erect hairs when young, eventually becoming almost glabrous. Midrib usually depressed, sometimes almost flush with the upper surface. Petioles flat or channelled on the upper surface. Oil dots visible with a lens.
Inflorescence paniculate, approximating or exceeding the leaves. Flowers faintly but unpleasantly (?) perfumed. Lower half of the perianth tube glabrous on the inner surface. Tepals about 1.5-2.1 mm long, pubescent on the outer surface. Ovary and style glabrous.
Usually 2 cataphylls produced before the true leaves. First pair of true leaves ovate or lanceolate, about 50-85 x 23-45 mm, glaucous on the underside. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade hairy on the upper surface at least along the midrib and main lateral veins, underside glaucous; oil dots very small, difficult to see. Stem, petiole and underside of leaves densely clothed in pale brown hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
This species grows large enough to produce millable logs but it is rare in accessible areas and has not been utilized to date. Wood specific gravity about 0.78. Hyland (1989).