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Cryptocarya sp. Boonjee (B.Hyland 25794RFK)

Family

Lauraceae

Botanical Name

Cryptocarya sp. Boonjee (B.Hyland 25794RFK)

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Stem

Not exceeding 30 cm dbh and usually much smaller. Vascular rays in the wood readily visible to the naked eye and extending into the bark. Close inspection of these large rays with a lens indicates that they are aggregations of the finer vascular rays.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 6.5-10 x 2.6-3.8 cm, drawn out into a long caudate drip tip (2 x 0.2 cm) at the apex. Midrib depressed on the upper surface. Lateral veins forming loops inside the margin. Oil dots very small, visible with a lens.

Flowers

Inflorescence very short, not exceeding the leaves. Flowers without any obvious odour. Tepals about 1-1.2 mm long, completely glabrous on the outer surface but pubescent on the inner surface. Perianth tube sericeous on the inner surface. Ovary and style glabrous. Vestigial styles often present.

Fruit

Fruits ovoid, about 16-20 x 11-13 mm. Flesh green. Seeds drawn out at the apex, about 16-19 x 8-10 mm, outer surface longitudinally ribbed.

Seedlings

First pair of leaves ovate, about 34-38 x 16-18 mm, green on the underside. Apex with a long drip tip. First pair of leaves alternate but sometimes close to subopposite.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, known only from collections made in the Boonjee Logging Area. Altitude 600 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on steep slopes which are naturally unstable and prone to slippage. Probably favoured by such disturbance. A rare species perhaps on the verge of extinction.

NEQ

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Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)

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Tree

X

RFK Code

1044