Cryptocarya meisneriana — Thick-leaved Laurel—LAURACEAE

Cryptocarya meisneriana

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Habitat—In Subtropical, Warm Temperate and Dry Rainforests.

Distribution—North from Comboyne north to Springbrook in Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree; young growth with straight, appressed hairs, soon becoming glabrous.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Copeland and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, oil dots minute, glaucous and hairless below, elliptic to lanceolate, mostly 5 to 10 cm long, 10 to 30 mm wide, moderately thick, apex bluntly acuminate, margins undulate, glabrous, upper surface glossy, lower surface paler and sometimes glaucous; reticulum faint or invisible on both surfaces, not areolate; petiole 5 to 10 mm long.

Cryptocarya meisneriana
Cryptocarya meisneriana

Inflorescence—Panicles very small, ca 2 mm long, yellowish

Flowering.—October to November.

Fruit—Fruit ovoid with longitudinal ribs, c. 15 mm long, black.

Ripe.—March to June

Cryptocarya meisneriana