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Genus Daphnandra Family Atherospermataceae

Description: Shrubs or trees, not strongly aromatic; young stems flattened at nodes.

Leaves finely toothed.

Inflorescences axillary, usually paniculate. Flowers bisexual, flower parts ± subspiral, perigynous. Receptacle cup-shaped. Perianth segments usually 15–20 in 3 or 4 whorls. Androecium arranged in 3 or 4 obscure whorls, stamens 4–7 with truncate connectives and glands on filaments, dehiscence extrorse; staminodes mostly 5–10 in 2 or 3 whorls. Carpels 4–12, styles terminal.

Receptacle enlarging and enclosing the hairy achenes, often becoming woody in fruit and takes about 6–8 months to mature.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W.

Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Midrib sunken on the upper surface of leaves; flowers with glabrous receptacle, petaloid perianth 3–4.5 mm long2
Midrib slightly raised or flush with the upper surface of the leaves; flowers with hairy or glabrous receptacle, petaloid perianth 2.5–3.5 mm long4
2Fruiting receptacle 15–24 mm long, narrow-cylindrical to urceolate with more or less papery walls less than 0.5 mm thick; leaves usually 7–17 cm long with veins more or less thickly prominent below; inflorescence usually 5–12 cm long, slenderly elongate; perianth greenish or pale yellowDaphnandra micrantha
Fruiting receptacle 7–21 mm long, usually urn-shaped to obpyriform with woody walls 0.5–0.75 mm thick; leaves mostly 4–9 cm long with veins slenderly prominent below; inflorescence mostly 2–6 cm long, slender or spreading; perianth greenish white or reddish
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3Perianth reddish; pedicel usually 4–10 mm long in flower; leaves finely crenate on apical two-thirds; fruiting receptacle usually more or less obpyriform, pedicel 8–12 mm longDaphnandra tenuipes
Perianth greenish white; pedicel 1–3 mm long in flower; leaves finely crenate to near base; fruiting receptacle usually urn-shaped, pedicel 3–6 mm long
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Daphnandra melasmena
4Fruiting receptacle usually 5–7 mm long, more or less globose, pedicel 5–8 mm long; leaves with margins deeply, rather distantly and coarsely toothed except for basal half or third, veins conspicuously raised on upper surfaceDaphnandra johnsonii
Fruiting receptacle mostly 8–20 mm long, more or less urn-shaped, pedicel 3–6 mm long; leaves with margins shallowly and finely toothed except for basal eighth or quarter, veins obscure on upper surface
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5Floral receptacle hairy; leaves drying more or less pale grey-green above, sometimes blackish, rarely olive-tinted, more or less lanceolate, margins crenate-toothedDaphnandra apatela
Floral receptacle glabrous; leaves drying olive-black to dark olive-brown above, narrow-elliptic to ovate, margins more or less finely crenate
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Daphnandra melasmena

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