Common name: Pumpkin Tree
Negria rhabdothamnoides F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Tree to 8 m tall; bark pale and wood very soft and brittle.
Leaves with upper surface glossy, pale green below, sparsely pubescent; lamina ovate to broadly elliptic, 7–20 cm long, 4.5–10 cm broad, basally acute to ±rounded, often slightly recurved at margins, very shallowly and bluntly denticulate with teeth small or imperceptible, obtuse to acute, slightly apiculate.
Calyx 3–5 mm long, with ±filiform teeth, pubescent. Corolla somewhat waxy-fleshy, yellow with orange-red spots inside lobes and tube, pubescent; tube c. 20 mm long; lobes reflexed at anthesis, with 3 lower lobes 10–13 mm long, and upper pair 5–6 mm long. Filaments 17 mm long, ±reflexed.
Capsule ovoid, 15 mm long, beaked.
Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Is. Common from c. 500 m altitude and upwards, occasionally at a lower altitude, as in Erskine Creek.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by E.A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49
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