Common name: firewheel tree, fire tree
Stenocarpus sinuatus (Loudon) Endl. APNI*
Description: Medium-sized tree to 35 m high; bark grey to brown, ± wrinkled sometimes corky.
Leaves usually either oblong-lanceolate and entire or wider and irregularly lobed, usually 15–25 cm long and 20–50 mm wide, sometimes smaller on exposed branches, leathery, apex mostly obtuse, upper surfaces green and shiny, lower surface dull, only 1 longitudinal vein present; petiole 10–25 mm long.
Conflorescences mostly terminal, sometimes ramiflorous; flowers 12–20 in umbels, with pedicels radiating in a single row round the disc-like end of the peduncle. Perianth c. 25 mm long, red.
Follicle 5–10 cm long; seeds 25 mm long.
Flowering: autumn to winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in warmer types of rainforest in coastal areas north from the Nambucca R.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: D.B. Foreman (1995)
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