Glochidion sumatranum—Umbrella Cheese Tree—PHYLLANHACEAE

Glochidion sumatranum

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Habitat—In rainforest, often in or adjoining palm forest or swamp sclerophyll forest.

Distribution—On the coast north from Iluka, New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory.

Description— Tree to 15 m high.

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, 2—ranked, hairless or softly hairy below, elliptic to ovate, mostly 5 to 12 cm long (to 20 c. in juveniles), 2 to 6 cm wide, glabrous or finely pubescent below; petiole 5 to 7 mm long.

Glochidion sumatranum
Glochidion sumatranum

Inflorescence— Clusters on a short peduncle arising 5 to 10 mm above the leaf axil. Perianth 2 to 3 mm long


Fruit—Capsule 5 to 10 mm diam., hairy, dusky pink; 1 to 8 capsules on a common stalk.

Ripe.—April to May

Glochidion sumatranum