Dysoxylum rufum —Hairy Rosewood — Meliaceae

Dysoxylum rufum

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Habitat— In subtropical and dry rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Williams River to North Queensland.

Description—Small to medium-sized tree to 40m with finely wrinkled grey bark; new growth rusty-villous. Trunk cylindrical, slightly fluted

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Dixon Property, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, leaflets mostly 11 to 19, domatia present, hairy, imparipinnate, 20 to 60 cm long; leaflets 11 to 19, ovate—oblong to oblong—elliptic, 5 to 17 cm long. 20 to 40 mm wide, apex acuminate, base sometimes asymmetric, upper surface usually glabrous, lower surface finely pubescent, domatia usually as small hair-tufts; petiole 3 to 8 cm long, lateral petiolules 2 to 4 mm long. Panicles 15 to 25 cm long.

Dysoxylum rufum
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Dysoxylum rufum

Inflorescence.— Panicles 15 to 25 cm long. Petals 12 to 14 mm long, cream, silky. Anthers 10.

Flowering.—December to February

Fruit—Capsule ovoid, 20 to 30 mm long, 18 to 25 mm wide, covered with golden irritating hairs

Ripe.—May to June

Dysoxylum rufum