Common name: crows ash, Australian teak
Flindersia australis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Tree to 40 m high, larger trees usually moderately buttressed; branchlets, leaves and inflorescences glabrous to densely stellate-hairy.
Leaves alternate or rarely opposite, crowded towards the end of branches, usually imparipinnate; leaflets 3–19, usually 5–9, narrow- to broad-elliptic, or narrow-ovate, 2.4–13 cm long, 0.8–4.3 cm wide, apex acute to obtuse, base obtuse to cuneate and often asymmetric, both surfaces glossy green with lower surface paler, oil dots prominent; lateral petiolules 0–3 mm long, terminal petiolule 3–30 mm long.
Inflorescences terminal or in the upper axils, to 15 cm long. Sepals 2.2–2.5 mm long, densely hairy. Petals 5–7 mm long, white to cream, densely hairy outside except for the margins.
Capsule woody, 7–10 cm long, remaining united at the base after splitting; seeds 3.4–5 cm long, winged at apical end only.
Flowering: Flowers mainly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry and subtropical rainforest at low altitudes north from the Nymboida R.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
A mature tree grows in Wingham Brush; however this is likely to have been an early introduction to the area.
Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept: T.G. Hartley (1969)
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