Fruit, side view, dehiscing and seed. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Ramiflorous flowers. Copyright Stanley Breeden
Ramiflorous flowers. Copyright B. Gray
Flowers and bud. Copyright Barry Jago
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage, cotyledons still attached, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon and 1st leaf stage, hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Hollandaea sayeriana (F.Muell.) L.S.Sm.
Smith, L.S. (1956) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 67: 38. Type: ?.
Hollandaea sayeri F.Muell., The Chemist and Druggist of Australasia 2: 173(1887), Type: ?. Helicia sayeriana F.Muell., The Victorian Naturalist 3: 93(1887), Type: On the Russell-River; W. Sayer..
Sayer's Silky Oak
Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze.
Oak grain in the twigs. Leaf blades usually rather large, about 10-22 x 6-14 cm. Petioles somewhat swollen at their junction with the twig. Scattered peg-like teeth on the margin of the leaf blade.
Flowers pedicellate, common peduncle nil or very short. Tepals about 20-30 mm long. Hypogynous glands four, scutelliform. Ovary sessile, ovules about 12-16.
Fruits allantoid to somewhat cylindrical, about 8-10 cm long, with a solitary rib on one side. Seeds +/- quadrangular in transverse section, about 2.5-3 x 2-2.5 cm. Testa thin and papery.
At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to obovate, margin serrate, teeth evenly spaced along the leaf blade margin, upper surface may have a few hairs along the midrib.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the area around the Bellenden Ker Range and Mt Bartle Frere and the eastern edge of the Atherton Tableland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 800 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed lowland and upland rain forest.
An attractive small tree with potential for parks and home gardens. The long racemes of pink or purple flowers provide a striking effect.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)