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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and flower. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Fitzalania heteropetala (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1864) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 4: 34. Type: ?.
Uvaria heteropetala F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 3: 1(1862), Type: In insulis Cumberland Islands. Eug. Fitzalan.. Saccopetalum bidwillii Benth., Flora Australiensis 1: 53(1863), Type: Queensland. Wide Bay, Bidwill.
Usually grows into a small tree, not exceeding 30 cm dbh, but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Flowers dark maroon to almost black. Sepals triangular, about 5-6 x 3 mm. Petals densely clothed in prostrate hairs. Outer petals about 25-40 mm long. Inner petals about 6-8 mm long. Inner surface of petals dotted with purple glands. Anthers brown, filaments pink. Ovaries 1-5, clothed in simple hairs.
First pair of leaves alternate, simple and ovate. Oil dots visible with a lens. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves elliptic to ovate with a few pale hairs on the upper surface along the midrib; oil dots very small, just visible with a lens.
Distribution and Ecology
Food plant for the larval stages of the Green Spotted Triangle and the Pale Green Triangle Butterflies. Sankowsky & Neilsen (2000).
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)