Cryptocarya foetida—Stinking Cryptocarya—LAURACEAE

Cryptocarya foetida

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Habitat— Scattered in Littoral rainforest, now rare as a result of extensive coastal clearing.

Distribution— North from Iluka Nature Reserve in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Small to medium–sized tree; young growth hairy, soon becoming glabrous

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Raintrees Diamond Beach.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots minute, ovate, elliptic to obovate, 5 to 12 cm long, 20 to 60 mm wide, both surfaces glabrous, lower surface paler and drying yellowish green; main veins yellowish, very prominent, raised below, reticulum coarsely areolate, prominent on both surfaces; petiole 5 to 10 mm long.

Cryptocarya foetida
Cryptocarya foetida

Inflorescence.—Panicles dense, much shorter than the leaves, 2 mm long, cream, with an offensive odour.


Fruit.—Fruit globose, c. 10 mm diam., purplish to black.