Common name: Forest Maple
Cryptocarya rigida Meisn. APNI*
Description: Shrub to small tree; young growth covered with pale brown, mainly appressed, hairs.
Leaves lanceolate to ovate, 5–13 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, apex acuminate, upper surface dark green and glabrous except for scattered hairs often along the depressed midvein, lower surface paler and ± glaucous with white or pale brown, erect and appressed hairs; secondary veins 5–7 pairs, reticulum areolate but only conspicuous in dried leaves; petiole 5–10 mm long, usually finely hairy.
Panicles shorter than leaves. Flowers ca 3 mm long, hairy.
Fruit ovoid to ellipsoid, pointed, c. 20 mm long, c. 15 mm diam., black and sometimes glaucous; ripe Jan.-May.
Distribution and occurrence: Found in coastal subtropical and warm-temperate rainforest, especially on their margins, and in tall eucalypt forest; north from Ourimbah area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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