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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, side view, cross section and endocarp. Copyright W. T. Cooper
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Elaeocarpus stellaris L.S.Sm.
Smith, L.S. (1969) Contributions from the Queensland Herbarium 6: 3. Type: near Gregory Falls, 11 miles WSW. of Innisfail, Smith 5349 (holotypus, BRI.078262)..
Fruits ellipsoid-ovoid, about 50-60 x 45-50 mm or larger. Endocarp very thick, hard and horny, usually 5-lobed in transverse section and the rat-eaten remains are normally present under mature trees. Each endocarp about 50-60 x 45-50 mm with five large vertical lobes or wings.
Cotyledons oblong, about 30 x 10 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate, apex bluntly acuminate; margin crenate, teeth very fine, inconspicuous with a fine aristate apex, glabrous; stipules small, triangular and shed early.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Alexandra Creek-McDowall Range area and just south of Mt Bartle Frere on the North and South Johnstone River catchments. Altitudinal range from 50-500 m. Grows in a variety of well developed rain forests.