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Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Flowers. Copyright Barry Jago
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Homalium circumpinnatum F.M.Bailey
Bailey, F.M. (1892) Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. Botany Bulletin 5: 17. Type: Cairns, E. Cowley.
Shuttlecock Plant; Brown Boxwood; Boxwood, Brown
Orange speckles and stripes usually apparent in the blaze; orange layers may also be apparent.
Inflorescence about 4-18 cm long. Flowers about 3-4 mm diam., unpleasantly perfumed, subtended by 3 small bracts about 0.5 mm long. Perianth about 1.5-2.5 mm long. Sepals about 1.5 x 0.75 mm. Petals about 2 x 1 mm. Stamens 15, usually in fascicles of three (sometimes two), opposite each petal. Each stamen about 2.5 mm long, anthers very small. Pollen yellow. Ovary densely hairy on the inner surface, the hairs being quite long and almost filling the ovary cavity.
Cotyledons orbicular, about 5-7 mm diam. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic or ovate, glabrous on the upper surface, margin serrate, teeth produced throughout the margin of the leaf blade; midrib slightly raised on the upper surface. Stipules very small, triangular.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m. Grows in well developed rain forest and drier rain forest often associated with Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta).