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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Vine stem bark and vine stem transverse section. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Dalbergia densa var. australis
Dalbergia densa var. australis Prain
Prain, D. (1904) Annals of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta 10(1): 73. Type: ?.
Vine stem diameters to 16 cm recorded. Stem laterally flattened and fluted. Blaze darkens markedly on exposure.
Compound leaves usually consist of 10-20 leaflets. Leaflet blades about 15-45 x 5-25 mm, lateral leaflet stalks about 1-2 mm long. Pulvinus present only on the terminal leaflet. Stipules about 1.5-2 mm long, hairy. Tendrils are modified branches.
Calyx about 2 mm long, outer surface clothed in short prostrate hairs. Petals glabrous, about 4-5 mm long. Staminal filaments glabrous, fused together to form two bundles each of five filaments, one bundle on each side of the ovary. Ovary clothed in hairs. Style glabrous.
Cotyledons oblong, about 6-8 x 3-4 mm, base sagittate. First pair of leaves compound, each leaf with about 7-10 shortly stalked leaflets. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves compound with about 18-20 leaflets. Leaflet blades ovate-elliptic, about 12-20 x 7-9 mm, shortly stalked, apex obtuse or emarginate, base obtuse, abruptly narrowed into the stalk. Stipules oblong, about 2 x 0.5 mm, caducous.
Distribution and Ecology
Australian collections are restricted to the Claudie River (Iron Range) area. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 100 m. Grows in well developed gallery rain forest. May also occur in New Guinea.