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No. 197: Quintinia Verdonii

F.v.M.

(Family SAXIFRAGACEÆ.)

Botanical description.

— Genus, Quintinia. (See Part LII, Vol. vi, p. 28.)

Botanical description.

— Species, Q. Verdonii F. Muell. Fragm. ii, 125 (1861).

Very near Q. Sieberi, the leaves of the same shape and size, but much less reticulate.

Racemes, in the specimens seen all simple and solitary in the upper axils, 3 to 4 inches long.

Flowers rather smaller than in Q. Sieberi, on pedicels about 2 lines long.

Calyx-lobes narrower, about half as long as the petals.

Capsule smaller than in Q. Sieberi.

Seeds small, ovoid-oblong, obtuse, not winged. (B.Fl. ii, 438.)

Botanical Name.

— Quintinia, already explained (see Part LII, p. 28); Verdonii, in honour of the late Sir George Verdon, at one time Chairman of the Trustees of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery, Melbourne, a member of the Victorian Legislature, and some time Agent-General for that State.

Vernacular Name.

— I know of none.

Flowers.

— Yellowish white or pale yellow.

Timber.

— This is a small or medium sized tree, and I have not seen it sufficiently large or abundant for it to be looked upon as an important addition to our timber supply. It is pale coloured, and probably of no economic importance.

Size.

— A large shrub or small tree. I do not call to mind that I have seen it higher than 15 feet, though it is highly probable that further search in brushes may show that it attains a far greater size.

Habitat.

— This is a small brush tree, and, so far as we know at present, it is almost confined to coastal New South Wales. It extends to southern Queensland, but I know of no specific localities. It has been collected on the Tweed River.

It was originally collected on the Macleay and Hastings Rivers by Dr. Ludwig Beckler. Its farthest south locality recorded is the Ellenborough Falls,


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but I am quite satisfied it will be found much more south. Following are some localities represented in the National Herbarium, Sydney:— Ellenborough Falls, viâ Wingham, Manning River (J.H.M. and J.L. Boorman); found at high altitudes in rough, moist, stony localities, Coolpi Mountains, north of Ellenborough Falls (J.L. Boorman); Camden Haven (?Collector); Port Macquarie, Hastings River (J.H.M.); Upper Hastings River, ascent to Tableland (J.H.M.); Kempsey, Macleay River (W. MacDonald); Bellinger River (E.H.F. Swain); Dorrigo, viâ Bellinger River (W. Heron, J.L. Boorman) Murwillumbah, Tweed River (R.A. Campbell).

Propagation.

— This plant is destined to be an agreeable addition to our gardens; it will succeed in practically the whole of the coast districts. It reminds one somewhat of a Portugal Laurel.

EXPLANATION OF PLATE 201.

Plate 201: Quintinia Verdonii, F.v.M. Lithograph by Margaret Flockton.



  • A. Flowering twig.
  • B. Bud.
  • C. Young flower.
  • D. Mature flower, showing —
    • (a) Petals.
    • (b) Stamens.
    • (c) Pistil.
  • E. Part of flower showing
    • (a) Calyx-lobes.
    • (b) The three styles united.
    • (c) Stigmas.
  • F. Ripe capsule, the styles separating to let the seeds escape.
  • G. Fruit after dehiscence.

[All drawings from a specimen (Port Macquarie, J.H.M.) which is practically a type locality.]

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