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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit, side views and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Leaves, flowers & fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Fruit. Copyright Stanley Breeden
Flowers and buds. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Micromelum minutum (G.Forst.) Wight & Arn.
Wight, R. & Arnott, G.A.W. (1834) Prodromus Florae Peninsulae Indiae Orientalis: 448. Type: ?.
Limonia minuta G.Forst., Prodr.: 33(1786), Type: Friendly Islands, Forster; holo: BM. Micromelum glabrescens Benth., Hookers Journal of Botany 2: 212(1843), Type: ?. Micromelum pubescens var. glabrescens (Benth.) Oliv., Journal of Proceedings of the Linnean Society, Botany 5, 2nd Suppl.: 40(1861), Type: ?.
Lime Berry; Micromelum
Usually grows into a small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Cotyledons glabrous, cordate to reniform, about 18-19 x 21-23 mm, apex rounded often notched. Oil dots visible to the naked eye. First leaf usually trifoliolate sometimes compound with 5 leaflets, oil dots conspicuous. At the tenth leaf stage: leaflet blades slightly hairy on the upper surface, unequal-sided at the base; oil dots numerous, visible to the naked eye; margin of the leaflets slightly sinuate; compound leaf petiole and rhachis clothed in short, prostrate hairs.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ and southwards to north-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from sea level to 600 m. Grows as an understory tree in monsoon forest, dry rain forest, beach forest and well developed rain forest. Also occurs in Malesia, New Caledonia and Fiji.
Food plant for the larval stages of the Orchard, Canopus and Capanens Butterflies. Common & Waterhouse (1981).
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A17126.htm)
Leaf and stem material of this species was active against some tumors. Collins et al. (1990).
This species has been used medicinally in Malaysia and Indonesia. Cribb (1981).
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)