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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves & flowers. Copyright B. Gray
Fruit, side view and seeds. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Flower. Copyright Barry Jago
Flower. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Storckiella australiensis J.H.Ross & B.Hyland
Ross, J.H. & Hyland, B.P.M. (1983) Muelleria 5(2): 215. Type: Qld, Cook Distr., Portion 62 Parish of Alexandra, 16 deg 10 S, 145 deg 10 E, 31.viii.1972, B.P.M. Hyland 6357 (MEL 601493 holo.; QRS iso.).
Lenticels usually numerous and conspicuous with a big percentage elongated horizontally. A cream layer is often visible beneath the subrhytidome layer before the first section of the outer blaze. Ripple marks, i.e. storied rays, usually visible in the inner blaze.
Inflorescence about 15-25 cm long, pedicels about 8-11 mm long. Sepals broadly ovate, about 5-8 x 3-6 mm, sparingly to densely sericeous on both surfaces. Petals elliptic, about 7.5-10 x 3-4 mm. Stamens alternating with the petals; filaments about 0.8-1.2 mm long, glabrous; anthers about 4-5 mm long, opening by lateral apical slits. Ovary sessile, up to 4 x 1.5 mm, laterally compressed; ovules 4-5. Style curved, about 4 mm long; stigma small and terminal.
Cotyledons fleshy, obovate, apex +/- truncate or broadly rounded. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves ovate-elliptic or oblong, apex long acuminate, base rounded or auriculate, glabrous, about 7-9 main lateral veins each side of the midrib; petiole glabrous; stipules triangular, hairy, persistent.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Daintree River-Cape Tribulation and Frenchmans Creek-Babinda Creek areas. Altitudinal range from near sea level to about 100 m. Grows in luxuriant lowland rain forest.