Common name: Mountain Silky Oak, Prickly Ash
Orites excelsus R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Orites excelsa APNI*
Description: Medium-sized to tall tree to 30 m high; bark brown or grey, ± smooth, often minutely scaly.
Leaves oblanceolate to oblong, mostly 10–15 cm long and 10–30 mm wide, variously lobed and often larger on young plants, apex ± acute, base tapering, margins regularly toothed, upper surface green and glossy, lower surface grey to whitish; petiole 5–15 mm long.
Conflorescences axillary, 5–10 cm long, shorter than the leaves. Flowers c. 6 mm long, white. Ovary glabrous.
Follicle 20–30 mm long, glabrescent; seed 4–6 mm long, wing to 14 mm long.
Flowering: winter to early spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in cooler rainforest, especially in the higher ranges, north of the Hunter Valley.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: A.S. George & B.P.M. Hyland (1995)
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