Nematolepis squamea subsp. squamea—Satinwood—RUTACEAE.

Nematolepis squamea

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Habitat— Chiefly in coastal districts. In wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest in moist gullies.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Shrub or tree to 12 m high; stems angled, smooth, silvery-scaly.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Bennett Head, Cape Hawke, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Pebbly Beach, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park and Wallamba River Area.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, alternate, distinctive oil dots and fowl smell; narrow to broad—elliptic, 5 to 10 cm long, 10 to 22 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse, flat, upper surface smooth, glabrous and glossy green, lower surface silvery—scaly, midrib prominent.

Nematolepis squamea
Nematolepis squamea

Inflorescence—A third to about half as long as leaves, 3 to 20—flowered; peduncle and pedicels angled, silvery—scaly. Sepals triangular, thick, glandular, glabrous. Petals 4 to 5 mm long, white, gland—dotted.


Fruit—Cocci slightly spreading, c. 3 mm long, outer angle minutely apiculate.


Nematolepis squamea