Argyrodendron actinophyllum subsp. actinophyllum (Synonym: Heritiera actinophylla)— Black Booyong, Black Jack — MALVACEAE

Argyrodendron actinophyllum subsp. actinophyllum

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Habitat—Common in cool, moist, sheltered areas of Subtropical Rainforests; occasionally in Warm Temperate and Dry Rainforests

Distribution— North from Gloucester in New South Wales to Gympie, Queensland

Description—Large tree to 50 m with a dark green crown; prominently buttressed, bark grey to very dark grey.

Synonym —Argyrodendron actinophyllum var actinophyllum

Timber—Heartwood pinkish or brownish—red, sapwood white, straight grained, strong with an ornamental silky oak grain. Susceptible to borers. Decomposes quickly in ground.

Local occurrences

Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Argyrodendron actinophyllum subsp. actinophyllum Argyrodendron actinophyllum subsp. actinophyllum

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, palmate, leaflets 5—9, lanceolate to oblanceolate, 10—18 cm long, 1.5—5 cm wide, lower surface green and glabrous, domatia usually present (several,hairless and hollow); petiole mostly 3-15 cm long, petiolules 5—25 mm long.

Argyrodendron actinophyllum subsp. actinophyllum
Argyrodendron actinophyllum subsp. actinophyllum

Inflorescence—Panicles many-flowered, longer than the leaves. White to creamy green, bell—shaped with 5 triangular lobes (petals absent).Lemony scent.

Flowering.—March—April

Fruit—Seed-bearing portion of samara ovoid, smooth, 5-7 mm diam.; wing 4-6 cm long, 15-25 mm wide

Ripe.—June—October

Argyrodendron actinophyllum subsp. actinophyllum