Common name: Small-leaved Doughwood
Melicope hayesii T.G.Hartley APNI*
Synonyms: Euodia sp. A sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Description: Shrub or slender tree up to 18 m high, glabrous.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to elliptic or narrowly so, 3.2–9.5 cm long, 1.2–4 cm wide, apex acuminate, base acute to attenuate, glabrous, oil dots obvious, petiole 1.5–6 cm long; lateral petiolules ± absent, terminal petiolule 1–9 mm long.
Panicles up to 6 cm long, pedicels glabrous to minutely pubescent. Sepal c. 1 mm long. Petals 3–3.5 mm long, white, apex villous on inside. Stamens 4, longer than the petals.
Cocci ellipsoid, c. 5 mm long; seeds shiny, black.
Flowering: summer to early autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on the margins of and in warm-temperate rainforest north from the Hastings R. between 140 and 900 m altitude.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
This species is sometimes confused with M. micrococca where the 2 species occur together; however, it differs in the shape of the leaflets and the indumentum on the ovary.
Text by P. G. Richards
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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