Buckinghamia celsissima —Ivory Curl Tree, Spotted Silky Oak; Silky Oak—PROTEACEAE

Buckinghamia celsissima

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Habitat—Grows in well developed rainforest on a variety of sites but is probably most frequently found in drier rainforest often associated with Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta)

Distribution—Endemic to North East Queensland, widespread in the area. Altitudinal range from 200-1000 m.

Description—Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall).

Local occurrences

Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Stephen Street Reserve and Tallwoods.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots present, leaf blades about 8 to 16 x 3 to 7 cm. Small oils dots visible with a lens. Numerous lenticels usually present on the twigs.

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Inflorescence— ± ferruginous-pubescent, but tepals clothed in paler hairs. Tepals about 7 to 10 mm long. Hypogynous gland one, horseshoe-shaped in cross section. Ovules 4. Style about 15 to 20 mm long.


Fruit—Follicles about 1.5 to 3 cm long. Seeds flat with a narrow marginal wing.


Buckinghamia celsissima