Dendrocnide photinophylla —Shiny-leaved Stinging Tree—URTICACEAE.

Dendrocnide photinophylla

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Habitat—In warmer rainforest, especially drier types, north from Richmond area, not common south of Seal Rocks.

Distribution— North from the Richmond area (not common south of Seal Rocks) in New South Wales and into North Queensland.

Description—Tree to 30 m, trunk often flanged or buttressed, stinging hairs usually not very irritant.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Dixon Property, Forster Park and Marina, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, The Islands, Tonie's Gully and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, stinging hairs present, lamina mostly elliptic to ovate, mostly 6 to 13 cm long, 3 to 8 cm wide, base cuneate to rounded, sometimes cordate; margins crenate to entire, more deeply toothed on sapling leaves; scattered translucent dots usually visible; upper surface glossy, ± glabrous; lower surface ± dull, with 2 or more large domatia; petiole usually 2 to 5 cm long.

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Inflorescence—Unisexual, to 6 cm long.

Flowering.—Summer and Winter

Fruit—Achene smooth, reflexed over swollen pedicel, c. 4 mm long, whitish.

Ripe.—January and July.

Dendrocnide photinophylla