Common name: Ball Nut, Possum Nut
Floydia praealta (F.Muell.) L.A.S.Johnson & B.G.Briggs APNI*
Description: Small to medium-sized tree to 30 m high; bark brown, rough.
Leaves oblanceolate to oblong, 10–25 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, usually at least 6 times as long as broad, apex ± obtuse, base ± attenuate, margins entire and undulate, glabrous and shiny, leathery, secondary and finer veins distinct on both surfaces; petiole 6–12 mm long.
Conflorescences ± paniculate, 5–12 cm long; pedicels 3–5 mm long. Perianth c. 12 mm long, creamy-brown, pubescent. Gynoecium 15–17 mm long.
Follicle globose, usually 30–40 mm diam., woody, brown.
Flowering: summer; fruits winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subtropical and riverine rainforest north from the Clarence R., not common.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: D.B. Foreman (1995)
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