Cleistanthus discolor (Phyllanthaceae)

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This endemic tree or shrub is not a very well known species. It doesn’t have a common name. It has rather largish leaves up to 20cm. The underside is hairy and look whitish to greyish, dirty glaucous. The petioles are a bit swollen. Stipules are present but fall off leaving scars. The young twigs are brown hairy. The species has a rather restricted distribution between Cairns to Daintree and so far I have seen this species only in Cairns.

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Stipules are small and fall off but you can make out stipule scars if you look closely

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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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