Claoxylon hillii

Claoxylon hillii

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(Queensland brittlewood)

FAMILY

Euphorbiaceae

Species

Claoxylon hillii

Common name

Queensland brittlewood

Flower colour; life form

White to green; tall shrub, small tree

Campus

Cairns

Description

This tall shrub can be found growing in Half Moon creek near the Library, it is easily recognised by the petiole which is about 25% the length of the leaf blade. Margins of blade usually serrated and there are 2-4 raised glands on the upper surface of the leaf blade near the junction with the petiole. A closely related species C. tenerifolium lacks these raised glands or pocket domatia at the base of the leaf blade. Blade ranges in size from 7-15 cm long and 3-7 cm wide. Flowers vary from greenish to white or cream, fruit a capsule which splits to reveal the seeds that are entirely covered in a bright red aril.