Pullea stutzeri (Cunoniaceae)

Pullea stutzeri

Pullea stutzeri is a rainforest tree widespread throughout the region and is known commonly as the Hard Elder. Like many members of the family it has large obvious stipules. It is thus easy to confuse with members of the Coffee family. The leaves of the Hard Elder however are toothed, as is many other members of the Cunoniaceae.

The leaf venation of the Hard Elder is quite distinctive once known, with very bold lateral veins that run out of the midrib at nearly 90 degrees. The leaves of young individuals can be hairy. More on this later when I have the privilege to see some flowers!

Pullea stutzeri

Pullea stutzeri


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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One Response to Pullea stutzeri (Cunoniaceae)

  1. Nelda B Ikenberry says:

    David, my name is Nelda B. Ikenberry, a writer, for now, of a book on a woman you are too young to have met. Does the name Mary Strong Clemens ring a bell with you? If not, allow me to introduce to you my husband’s great aunt, a plant collector with all YOUR fervor who cared naught for any of the botano-hazards of which you speak. I transcribed her diaries which included her last 6 months in the Morobe Peninsula collecting on Mt. Sarawaket, etc., before being air-lifted out Dec. 26, 1941 under Japanese bombardment, aged 69 or 70… She arrived in Brisbane where she knew no one but having corresponded with C. T. White, she called him up. He came and got this bit of a starving woman, who, having lived as a widow in the mountains all these years, was emaciated and full of worms, looked like she was 100 years old, had not been around white people for years, was homeless etc. etc. She spent her last 25 years collecting out from Brisbane for White, living in the Salvation Army Home for women, in the attic hallway, but her biggest joy was sleeping outside in lumber camps in the Eungella Range midst all the hazards of which you speak, collecting as fast as she could in front of the lumber trucks. She was intent on documenting the rain forests before they were all converted to dairy farms…
    Can we communicate? You have already helped me so much, for instance I found you because I was looking up the mention of her collecting Conun. [she abbreviated everything in her diaries.] You told me just what I needed to know., with pictures!
    . In the meantime you know so much of what I need to know. By the way, we followed in Mary’ footsteps in 1997 as far north as Daintree, not as far north as your expertise.
    I am no botanist, but I am married 62 years to one. He, too is a great help!
    Nelda .. Ikenberry for Mary Strong Clemens 1873 to 1968. You would love her!
    PS Her book is to be published in a couple years, [Lord willing] by the Botanical Research Inst. of Texas,.

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