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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruits. Copyright CSIRO
Flower. Copyright Barry Jago
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Geniostoma rupestre var. australianum
Geniostoma rupestre var. australianum (F.Muell.) B.J.Conn
Conn, B.J. (1980) Blumea 26: 297. Type: ?.
Geniostoma australianum F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 19(1865), Type: Queensland, Seaview Range, J. Dallachy s.n.; holo: MEL; iso: GH, K. US. Fide Conn (1996).
Occasionally grows into a small tree but usually flowers and fruits as a single-stemmed shrub 2-4 m tall.
Flowers produce an obnoxious odour. Calyx lobes ciliate. Corolla campanulate, about 2.5-4 mm long, corolla tube very hairy on the inner surface. Pollen white. Ovules numerous in each locule, partly embedded in the fleshy placenta. Style about 0.6-2 mm long, lower half hairy.
Cotyledons almost orbicular, about 2-3 mm diam. First pair of true leaves with hairy margins. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves lanceolate, stipules interpetiolar, thin and papery, attached to the bases of the petioles. Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards to coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to about 1000 m. Grows as an understory plant in a variety of types of well developed lowland, upland and mountain rain forest.
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A11816.htm)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)