Common name: Springbrook Leatherwood
Eucryphia jinksii P.I.Forst. APNI*
Description: Tree to 25 m high (sometimes to 30 m), often multistemmed. Blaze pale pink with faint pumpkin-like scent, wood straw-coloured. Twigs villous, glabresent.
Leaves opposite, simple, 2- or 3-foliate, new growth bright pink; petioles 5–15 mm long; leaves elliptic-oblong to lanceolate-oblong, 25–100 mm long, 8–28 mm wide.
Flowers axillary; peduncles 2–3 mm long, with dense indumentum; bracts 4 or 5, cilate on margins, surfaces sericeous; sepals and petals 4; stamens numerous.
Caspsule 6–9-locular, somewhat woody, 11–13 mm long. Seeds 4–5 mm long, narrowly winged at broad end, pale brown.
Distribution and occurrence: Restricted to Springbrook in Qld, and Burrigan Point, north coast of NSW.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Eucryphia jinksii is rare and is found in rainforests of Queensland and New South Wales. They grow naturally to 30 metres tall, yet were discovered as a new species only in 1994 by David Jinks. Eucryphia jinksii is endemic, and has a very restricted distribution. It has obtained the conservation status of "endangered", officially listed in the Queensland government legislation, the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Forster, P.I. & Hyland, B.P.M. (1997) Two new species of Eucryphia Cav. (Cunoniaceae) from Queensland. Austrobaileya 4(4):589-596.
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