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Dracophyllum sayeri

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

Dracophyllum sayeri F.Muell.

Mueller, F.J.H. von (1887) The Australasian Journal of Pharmacy 2: 85. Type: On Mount Bellenden-Ker, at elevations between 4500 and 5200 feet; W. Sayer..

Synonyms

Dracophyllum sayeri var. reflexum F.M.Bailey, Comprehensive Catalogue of Queensland Plants: 296(1913), Type: ... on Bellenden-Ker,. Dracophyllum sayeri var. normale F.M.Bailey, Comprehensive Catalogue of Queensland Plants: 296(1913), Type: ... on Bellenden-Ker,. Dracophyllum sayeri F.Muell. var. sayeri, Comprehensive Catalogue of Queensland Plants: 296(1913), Type: ?.

Stem

A small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Sapwood surface corrugated.

Leaves

Leaf blades about 40 x 2 cm, clasping the twigs. Numerous fine longitudinal veins but no reticulate veins visible. Twigs marked by numerous horizontal leaf scars.

Flowers

Flowers about 6-8 mm long. Disk consists of five +/- separate patelliform glands closely appressed to the base of the ovary. Styles inserted in a deep depression at the apex of the ovary.

Fruit

Capsules small, about 3 mm diam. when fully mature (but before dehiscing).

Seedlings

Cotyledons elliptic, about 2-2.5 x 1 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves linear, up to 8 mm long, apex acute, base sessile, clasping the stem; veins 3-5 +/- parallel to the blade margin.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland, a rare species restricted to the Bellenden Ker Range and the mountains west of Mossman. Altitudinal range from 1200-1500 m. Grows in stunted windswept rain forest on exposed ridges.

NEQ

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

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Tree

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RFK Code

201