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Atractocarpus benthamianus (F.Muell.) Puttock subsp. benthamianus Family Rubiaceae
Atractocarpus benthamianus subsp. benthamianus (F.Muell.) Puttock APNI*

Synonyms: Randia benthamiana F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Tall shrub or small tree to c. 8 m high, young shoots pubescent.

Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3 or 4; lamina oblong-obovate, mostly 5–20 cm long, 2–6 cm wide, apex acuminate or blunt, lamina pubescent on lower surface, lateral veins curved, ± looping, fine domatia present in vein axils; petiole 5–10 mm long.

Flowers axillary or terminal in up to 3- to 9-flowered clusters; pedicels c. 6–18 mm long. Calyx c. 5–8 mm long, toothed, hairy. Corolla white, tube 6–8 mm long, lobes 5, 8–15 mm long. Style hairy.

Fruit ovoid to globose, up to 3 cm long and 2.5 cm diameter, yellowish, crowned by scar of calyx limb.


Flowering: Flowers July to October.

Distribution and occurrence: Occurs on the east side of the Gibbergunyan Range from Chillingham (west of Murwillumbah) to Ballina.

Grows in rainforest and tall sclerophyll forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by D.M. Crayn
Taxon concept: Puttock, C.F. (1999) Revision of Atractocarpus (Rubiaceae: Gardenieae) in Australia and new combinations for some extra-Australian taxa. Australian Systematic Botany 12(2): 271-309.

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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