Dysoxylum mollissimum subsp. mole, Fam. Meliaceae
Medium tree, usually with a flanged or buttressed base and a grey to red brown bark, moderately scaly on young trees, more scaly on older trees. From the Latin ‘mollis’ soft, referring to the hairs on the leaves. Previously Dysoxylum muelleri.
|Form or habit:||Med tree|
Pinnate, usually with a terminal leaflet, alternate, 11 to 27 leaflets. Leaflets opposite or alternate, entire, ovate, 3-12cm long, somewhat glossy, glabrous or finely hairy, very asymmetrical, small hairy domatia present in most lateral vein angles.
|Flower description:||Axillary panicles of many small, bisexual, cream flowers with no fragrance. April to June.|
|Fruit description:||Yellow brown, glabrous but warty, globular capsules, about 2cm in diameter with three to five valves. Seed covered by an orange or red aril. October to March.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales, New Guinea, Melanesia, Pacific Islands.|
|Food source for:||Larval food plant of the Hercules moth Coscinocera hercules.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea, Melanesia, Pacific Islands.|
|Notes:||Fresh seed required for good germination. Dark red brown timber.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|