Gmelina dalrympleana—Grey Teak, White Beech—LAMIACEAE

Gmelina dalrympleana

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Habitat— Grows in swampy or seasonally swampy situations in or on the margins of Rainforest and Monsoon forest.

Distribution— Occurs in Cape York Peninsula and North East Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 500 m. Also occurs in New Guinea.

Description—Shrub, Woody or Herbaceous, 1-6 m tall.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, 2 ranked. Leaf blades elliptic, usually fairly large, about 15 to 30 x 7 to 19 cm, upper surface with a few short hairs along the midrib, veins about 5 to 8 on each side of the midrib. Two flat glands usually visible on the underside of the leaf blade near the base just before its junction with the petiole. Petiole channelled and midrib depressed on the upper surface.

Gmelina dalrympleana
Gmelina dalrympleana

Inflorescence.— ± pyramidal, calyx about 4 to 5 mm long, with nectar producing glands on the outer surface. Corolla tube about 12 to 13 mm long, lobes about 6-10 mm long. Ovary about 1.5 to 2 mm long, hairy at the apex. One stigma much longer than the other. Flowers whitish with a purple tinge. Lower petal with a distinct yellow spot.

Flowering.—Summer to Autumn

Fruit.—Fruits obovoid, 8 to 18 x 5 to 12 mm, red or pink

Ripe.— Autumn to Winter.

Gmelina dalrympleana