Floydia praealta—Ball Nut—PROTEACEAE

Floydia praealta

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Habitat—In Subtropical and Riverine Rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Richmond River in New South Wales to the Gympie district in Queensland.

Description—Small to medium sized tree.

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Raintrees Diamond Beach.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, terminal buds hairy; Leaves very narrowly oblong–elliptic to narrow–oblanceolate, 10 to 24 cm long, apex blunt or barely acute, base gradually tapered, margins wavy, leathery to semi–stiff, hairless, both surfaces green and glossy, lower surface more glossy; petiole 6 to 12 mm long.

Floydia praealta
Floydia praealta

Inflorescence.—Conflorescences ± paniculate, 5 to 12 cm long; pedicels 3 to 5 mm long. Perianth commonly 12 mm long, creamy–brown, pubescent. Gynoecium 15 to 17 mm long.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Follicle globose, usually 30 to 40 mm diam., woody, brown.

Ripe.—Winter. Observed ripe in Summer.