Vesselowskya rubifolia—Southern Marara, Red Ash, Mountain Marara—CUNIONACEAE

Vesselowskya rubifolia

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Habitat— Mainly in Cool-temperate Rainforest dominated by Nothofagus moorei, often along streams.

Distribution— North from Barrington Tops to North West of Dorrigo in New South Wales.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 6 to 8 m. tall, with young growth, inflorescences, petioles and at least the veins on the lower surface of the leaves with long, appressed hairs.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park

Leaves.—Compound, alternate, palmate, opposite 3 or 5–foliolate, digitate, margins with apiculate serrations, hirsute, more densely below than above, with hairs along midrib, nerves and lamina, pale brown–cream. Terminal leaflet blade 4 to 12 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, 13 to 17 nerved, elliptical, petiolule 8 to 11 mm long. Lateral leaflet blades 3 to 7 cm long, 1.5 to 2.5 cm wide, 9 to 13 nerved, slightly obovate–elliptical, petiolules 2 to 4 mm long. Basal leaflet blades 0.5 to 2.0 cm long, 0.5 to 1.7 cm wide,, 3 to 7 nerved, petiolules absent to 2 mm long. Stipules on terminal branches c. 8 to 12 mm long, 5 to 7 mm wide, on lateral branches c. two thirds smaller, peristent, interpetiolar, completely enclosing the developing bud, colleters (glands present at the base of the stipules)

Vesselowskya rubifolia
Vesselowskya rubifolia

Inflorescence.—Racemes 4 to 8 cm long, elongating up to 15 cm in fruit. Sepals and petals c. 1.5 mm long, whitish. Stamens 3 mm long

Flowering.—Spring and Autumn

Fruit.— A ovoid capsule, c. 3 mm long.

Ripe.—Summer and Winter