Common name: Springbrook Leatherwood
Eucryphia jinksii P.I.Forst. APNI*
Description: Tree to 25 m high, often multistemmed.Blaze pale pink with faint pumpkin-like scent, wood straw-coloured. Twigs villous, glabresent.
Leaves opposite, simple, 2- or 3-foliate, new growth bright pink; petioles 5–15 mm long; leaves elliptic-oblong to lanceolate-oblong, 25–100 mm long, 8–28 mm wide.
Flowers axillary; peduncles 2–3 mm long, with dense indumentum; bracts 4 or 5, cilate on margins, surfaces sericeous; sepals and petals 4; stamens numersous.
Caspsule 6–9-locular, somewhat woody, 11–13 mm long. Seeds 4–5 mm long, narrowly winged at broad end, pale brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Restricted to Springbrook in Qld, and Burrigan Point, north coast of NSW.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Eucryphia jinksii is rare found in rainforet of Queensland and New South Wales.They grow naturally to 30m tall yet were discovered as a new species only in 1994 by David Jinks.Eucryphia jinksii’s endemic, very restricted and threatened distribution has obtained the conservation status of "endangered", officially listed in the regulation current, of the Queensland government legislation, the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Forster, P.I. & Hyland, B.P.M. (1997) Two new species of Eucryphia Cav. (Cunoniaceae) from Queensland. Austrobaileya 4(4):589-596.
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