Wilkiea pubescens (Monimiaceae)

This attractive shrub is known as the Tetra Beech and is probably one of the most common of the Wilkieas. It is a rainforest shrub or small tree but it is often found in tall open forest as a component of rainforest succession. The leaves have a cardboard texture, opposite, with minutely toothed margins, and the venation is extremely bold, particularly on the leaf undeside. When crushed the leaves and twigs emit a mild spicy-aromatic scent. The flowers are yellow and have a peculiar appearance whereby the petals form a sort of ‘urn’ with a mouth.


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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