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Anopterus macleayanus F.Muell.
Family Escalloniaceae
Common name: Queensland laurel

Anopterus macleayanus F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Shrub or small tree to 15 m high, unbranched when young; young parts sparsely hairy.

Leaves narrow-oblanceolate, mostly 10–30 cm long and 2–4 cm wide with juveniles often much larger; apex acuminate, base often reddish and tapering into petiole, margins bluntly toothed, lamina glabrous or sometimes with scattered hairs on lower surface; petiole 10–40 mm long, usually reddish.

Racemes usually much shorter than leaves; pedicels 10–40 mm long. Calyx 3–4 mm long. Petals 8–12 mm long, white.

Capsule ovoid, 2–4.5 cm long, 5–8 mm diam., hairy, base truncate and surrounded by persistent sepals; winged seeds 10–20 mm long.

Photo T.M. Tame

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Photo T.M. Tame

Flowering: October–December

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subtropical, warm- and cool-temperate rainforest, coastal districts from Comboyne Plateau to the McPherson Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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