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Leaves and Flowers. Copyright B. Gray
Flowers. Copyright B. Gray
Cotyledons and 6 leaves, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Darlingia ferruginea J.F.Bailey
Bailey, J.F. (1899) Queensland Agricultural Journal 5(4): 402. Type: Evelyn district, June - July 1899, J. Bailey s. n., holo: BRI.
Darlingia spectatissima var. ferruginea (J.F.Bailey) C.T.White, Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 11: 231(1930), Type: ?.
Rose Silky Oak; Brown Silky Oak; Oak, Silky Rose; Oak, Silky; Silky Oak; Oak, Rusty Silky; Rusty Silky Oak
Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding red or pink, lace-like pattern in the blaze.
Oak grain in the twigs. Leaf blades about 20-46 x 5-21 cm, densely clothed with rusty brown hairs on the underside. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the blade margin. Young shoots and leafy twigs densely clothed in short, rusty or dark brown hairs.
Cotyledons about 40-50 x 18-20 mm. First leaves simple, margins entire or lobed. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade with a few dark brown hairs along the midrib on the upper surface; terminal bud clothed in dark brown hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Atherton Tableland. Altitudinal range from 650-1300 m. Grows in well developed upland and mountain rain forest and probably reaches its best development on soils derived from basalt.
Produces a decorative timber with an oak grain.
Wood specific gravity 0.61 Cause et al. (1989).