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Denhamia oleaster

Family

Celastraceae

Botanical Name

Denhamia oleaster (Lindl.) F.Muell.

Mueller, F.J.H. von (1859) Transactions and Proceedings of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria 3: 29. Type: ?.

Synonyms

Leucocarpum oleaster (Lindl.) F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 6: 203(1868), Type: ?. Melicytus oleaster Lindl., Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia: 383(1848), Type: Qld, St Georges Bridge, Balonne River, T. L. Mitchell s.n.; syn: MEL. Denhamia heterophylla F.Muell., Transactions and Proceedings of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria 3: 29(1859), Type: On scrubby ridges from the Gilbert River to the Burdekin River, F. Mueller; syn: MEL.

Stem

A thin orange layer usually conspicuous beneath the dead bark. Outer and inner blazes often distinct.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 4-8 x 1-3.5 cm. Larger twigs with a thin orange layer under the dead bark.

Flowers

Sepals about 1 x 1.5 mm. Petals about 3-3.5 x 3 mm. Staminal filaments about 1.3 mm long or longer. Ovary about 1 x 1 mm. Style about 0.4-1 mm long. Ovary with about 8-10 ovules per locule (rarely reduced to six).

Fruit

Capsules with woody valves. Capsules about 1.5-2.8 cm long.

Seedlings

Cotyledons elliptic, about 20-25 x 11-15 mm. At the tenth leaf stage and earlier: leaves quite stiff, margins dentate-aristate, holly-like (Ilex aquifolium); stipules very small.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP and NEQ and southwards as far as southern inland Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 900 m. Grows in open forest and brigalow scrub but appears to attain its best development in monsoon forest at least in the northern part of its range.

CYP

X

NEQ

X

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

X

Tree

X

RFK Code

549