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Fruit, three views, cross section and seed. Copyright W. T. Cooper
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Drypetes acuminata P.I.Forst.
Forster, P.I. (1997) Austrobaileya 4: 483. Type: Queensland, Koolmoon Creek, near Tully Falls, Oct 1953, K. J. White, holo: BRI; iso: K, MEL, QRS.
Drypetes lasiogyna var. australasica (Mull.Arg.) Airy Shaw, Kew Bulletin 35: 628(1980), Type: ?.
Boxwood, Grey; Grey Boxwood; Yellow Tulip; Yellow Tulipwood
Blaze distinctly layered.
Leaf blades about 3.5-12 x 1.5-5 cm. Midrib cream, depressed or flush with the upper surface. Lateral veins forming loops well inside the blade margin. Twigs often marked by pale lenticels. Stipules small and inconspicuous. Leaves on coppice shoots prominently toothed.
Male flowers: Inflorescences up to 13 mm long. Flowers about 3.2-4.5 mm diam., pedicels about 3.2-5 mm long. Tepals about 2.5-3.5 x 2-3 mm. Stamens 6-9, filaments about 0.3-0.6 mm long, anthers about 1.2-1.5 x 0.8-1.3 mm. Disk reduced to small lobes about 0.5 mm long. Female flowers: Flowers solitary, on pedicels about 9-18 mm long. Disk saucer-shaped. Ovary about 3.5-4 x 3 mm, densely clothed in yellow hairs. Styles reduced, stigmas appressed to the top of the ovary, about 1-1.5 mm long.
Cotyledons cordate or orbicular, about 20-35 x 12-22 mm, prominently 3-veined at the base, petioles very short. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic or ovate, apex acuminate, base cuneate or obtuse, margin dentate; stipules small, triangular and pubescent.
Distribution and Ecology
Produces a useful general purpose timber.
Wood specific gravity 0.91. Cause et al. (1989).