Argophyllum nullumense—Silver Leaf—ARGOPHYLLACEAE

Argophyllum nullumense

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Habitat—Grows in Subtropical and Warm-temperate Rainforest

Distribution— North from Nimbin in New South Wales to The McPherson Range west of Maryborough and to Many Peaks Range in Queensland. Also near Mackay in Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 7 m high, young branches and lower surface of leaves silky with short silvery hairs

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanical Gardens Coffs Harbour

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, hairy, silvery–white below; narrow−elliptic, 5 to 15 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base cuneate, margins entire or toothed, upper surface dark green and glabrous, lower surface silvery−silky; petiole 5 to 15 mm long.

Argophyllum nullumense

Inflorescence.— Panicles terminal and longer than the leaves or axillary and shorter than the leaves. Calyx teeth c. 1 mm long. Petals c. 3 mm long, yellow.

Flowering.— December to January

Fruit.—Capsule globose, c. 4 mm diam., mostly 3–valved.

Ripe.— Autumn