Pennantia cunninghamii—Brown Beech—PENNANTIACEAE.

Pennantia cunninghamii

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Habitat—Widespread, especially in rocky gullies near watercourses; chiefly in the coastal ranges.

Distribution— From Clyde Mountain and inland to the Liverpool Range in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Tree to about 25 m high, with irregularly fluted trunk, bark dark grey to brown, often scaly; branchlets glabrous, often strongly zigzagged.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops Boorganna Nature Reserve, Ellenborough Falls, Raintrees Diamond Beach and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, margins entire and wavy, domatia in some of the vein–angles below, branchlets strongly zig–zag, elliptic or oblong-ovate, 7 to 18 cm long, 4 to 8 cm wide, apex short—acuminate, margins entire or juveniles sometimes toothed, both surfaces glabrous and glossy, pit—like domatia prominent in forks of secondary veins; petiole 10 to 20 mm long.

Pennantia cunninghamii
Pennantia cunninghamii

Inflorescence.—Panicles terminal or in upper axils, 5 to 12 cm long. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, plants either with bisexual or male flowers. Sepals minute. Petals 3 to 4 mm long, white.

Flowering.—Mainly Summer (December).

Fruit.—Drupe ellipsoid, 10 to 15 mm long, 7 to 9 mm diam., black.

Ripe.—Winter.

Pennantia cunninghamii