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Garcinia brassii

Family

Clusiaceae

Botanical Name

Garcinia brassii C.T.White

White, C.T. (1936) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 47: 52. Type: Thornton Peak, in low scrub at the summit, L.J. Brass, No. 2277 (fruits) March 14.

Stem

Bark exudate not copious but quite conspicuous because of its yellow colour.

Leaves

Petioles and twigs produce a yellow exudate. Leaf blade small, generally no more than 7 x 3 cm.

Flowers

Petals obovate, about 7.5 x 7 mm. Stamens aggregated into four stout phalanges in the male flowers. Disk absent or not obvious in the male flower.

Fruit

Fruits depressed globular, about 30-45 x 45-50 mm. Calyx lobes four, persistent. Stigma persistent. Seeds about 17-20 x 14-16 mm.

Seedlings

Leaves and roots arise from shoots at opposite ends of the seed. A number of alternate and opposite cataphylls produced before the first true leaves. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves narrowly elliptic, glabrous, underside with a number of wavy +/- parallel latex canals crossing the main lateral veins; lateral veins fusing with an intramarginal vein very close to the margin of the leaf blade; a stipule-like appendage attached to each petiole between it and the stem.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the mountains in the Mt Lewis, Mt Spurgeon and Thornton Peak areas. Altitudinal range from 800-1500 m. Grows in mountain rain forest often as a small stunted tree on windswept ridges.

NEQ

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Tree

X

RFK Code

713