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Common name: Shiny-leaved Stinging Tree
Dendrocnide photinophylla (Kunth) Chew APNI*
Description: Tree to 30 m, trunk often flanged or buttressed, stinging hairs usually not very irritant.
Leaves with lamina mostly elliptic to ovate, mostly 6–13 cm long, 3–8 cm wide, base cuneate to rounded, sometimes cordate; margins crenate to entire, more deeply toothed on sapling leaves; scattered translucent dots usually visible; upper surface glossy, ± glabrous; lower surface ± dull, with 2 or more large domatia; petiole usually 2–5 cm long.
Inflorescences unisexual, to 6 cm long.
Achene smooth, reflexed over swollen pedicel, c. 4 mm long, whitish.
Flowering: summer and winter.
Distribution and occurrence: In warmer rainforest, especially drier types, north from Richmond area, not common south of Seal Rocks.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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