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Botanical description.

— Species, C. Muelleri, Benth. and Hook. f., ex F.v.M., Census, 109.

A handsome, pyramidal, glabrous tree of 40 feet, with a diameter of trunk of 9 to 12 inches.

Branchlets. — Very angular and coarse, occasionally dimorphic (e.g. Eden).

Male amenta. — From rarely solitary to clusters of 4, short and thick.

Fruit-cones. — Globular, 3/4 to 1 inch diameter, sometimes as large as those of any species, neither angled nor furrowed, the valves 6, very thick, strictly valvate, smooth outside, with a minute dorsal point below the summit, the smaller valves about half the breadth of the larger ones, though not very much shorter. The inside of the fruit of a tesselated appearance; central columella single.

Fertile seeds. — Deep red brown.

Bentham (B.Fl. vi, 237) says: "This species requires further investigation." There is no doubt that its affinity to C. propinqua is very close, and to C. calcarata nearly as close. Bentham's remark is a natural one, for the delimitation of some of the forms is very difficult.

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