Pullea stutzeri—Alder, Hard; Hard Alder—CUNONIACEAE.

Pullea stutzeri

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Habitat—Grows in well developed rain forest on a variety of rock types but tends to be more common along creeks and gullies.

Distribution—Endemic to North East Queensland, widespread throughout the area. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1500 m.

Description—Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1 to 6 m tall).

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Tallwoods.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, stipiles present, hairy; cotyledons elliptic, about 3 to 4 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic or obovate, margin irregularly dentate and serrate from the base to the apex, upper surface hairy; petiole, stem and terminal bud densely hairy; stipules large, interpetiolar, ovate to obovate, hairy.
Stipules about 5 mm long, quite conspicuous on young shoots, rounded or somewhat pointed at the apex. Leaf blades about 9 to 16 x 3.5 to 7.5 cm, gradually tapering into a short petiole. Lateral veins about 8 or 9 on each side of the midrib. Teeth about 10 to 25 on each side of the leaf blade.

Pullea stutzeri
Pullea stutzeri

Inflorescence.—Tepals about 2 mm long, rounded at the apex. Stamens ten, filaments about 4 to 5 mm long. Red glands present between the staminal filaments and the ovary. Ovary villous. Styles about 4 to 5 mm long.

Flowering.—December to January.

Fruit.—About 3 to 4 mm diam. Tepals persistent as wings on the fruits. Styles persistent on the mature fruit. Seeds about 1 x 0.7 to 0.8 mm.

Ripe.—February to March.

Pullea stutzeri