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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, side views, cross section and endocarp. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Flowers. Copyright A. Ford & F. Goulter
Elaeocarpus johnsonii C.T.White
White, C.T. (1933) Contributions from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University 4: 67. Type: North Queensland (without precise locality), Johnson (Nat. Herb. Melbourne, type)..
Quandong, Kuranda; Quandong, Johnson's; Johnson's Quandong; Kuranda Quandong
Often a poorly formed and multistemmed tree or with a number of stems from an old stump site.
Young shoots, leaf bearing twigs and petioles densely clothed in brown hairs. Leaf blades about 10-16 x 5.5-8 cm. Midrib hairy on the upper surface; leaf blades have teeth which are difficult to distinguish because of the numerous hairs.
Fruits ovoid-ellipsoid to almost cylindrical, about 27-40 x 14-20 mm. Pericarp marked by conspicuous geniculate fibres when viewed in longitudinal section. Endocarp not discrete, surface +/- smooth (not rugose).
Features not available.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to NEQ, restricted to Thornton Peak and its surroundings, Mt Peiter Botte and the Atherton Tableland area adjacent to Mt Bartle Frere. Altitudinal range from 600-1300 m. Grows in well developed upland and mountain rain forest often on ridge tops.
Fallen fruit eaten by Cassowaries and seeds eaten by native rats. Cooper & Cooper (1994).