Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and flowers. Copyright A. Ford
Phaleria biflora (C.T.White) Herber
B.E. Herber (2001) Austrobaileya 6: 96. Type: ?.
Oreodendron biflorum C.T.White, Contributions from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University 4: 74(1933), Type: Qld, Mt Alexander, alt. 1200 m., Dec 18, S. F. Kajewski 1499.
Blaze very fibrous. Blaze odour noticeable but difficult to describe.
Twig bark rather strong and fibrous when stripped and emitting a rather unpleasant odour. Leaf blades about 5-8 x 1.6-4 cm.
Flowers sessile on a common peduncle. Perianth red outside but cream on the inner surface. Perianth tube (hypanthium) about 10-12 mm long, lobes about 3 mm long, glabrous on the outer surface, but puberulent on the inner surface. Anthers exserted, projecting beyond the perianth tube (hypanthium).
Fruits about 12-15 x 7-8 mm. Seeds about 8 x 3.5-6 mm.
Cotyledons obovate, fleshy, without venation. First few pairs of leaves linear. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves ovate, apex acuminate, base cuneate. Seedling glabrous in all parts.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to NEQ, restricted to the Thornton Peak and Mt Spurgeon-Mt Lewis areas. Altitudinal range from 1000-1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in mountain rain forests often found in stunted rain forest on windswept ridges.
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)