Common name: Leopardwood, Leopard Tree
Flindersia maculosa (Lindl.) Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Elaeodendron maculosum Lindl. APNI*
Description: Tree to 15 m high, developing from a tangled mass of spinescent branches in juvenile stage, trunk mottled due to outer bark shedding in patches; branchlets, leaves and inflorescences glabrous to scaly and minutely stellate-hairy.
Leaves opposite, simple, narrowly elliptic-oblong, oblanceolate or ± linear, 1–8 cm long, 0.25–1 cm wide, apex rounded to obtuse, occasionally retuse, base narrowly obtuse to attenuate, upper surface shiny dark green, lower surfaces dull and lighter green, oil dots obscure; petiole 2–15 mm long.
Inflorescences terminal, to 7.5 cm long. Sepals 1–1.5 mm long, glabrous. Petals c. 4 mm long, white to cream, glabrous.
Capsule woody, 2.3–2.7 cm long, valves separating fully; seeds c. 1.8 cm long, winged at both ends.
Flowering: late spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on sandplains and stony hilly areas, west from Walgett to Ivanhoe and Broken Hill.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept: T.G. Hartley (1969)
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