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Murrogun

Cryptocarya microneura

Description:

Murrogun is a species of native Australian Laurel, and belongs to the family Lauraceae. Also known as Brown Jack and Murrogun Laurel, it is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree that grows in rainforests in the coastal regions of eastern Australia. This species can reach a height of around 25 metres tall. The bark is grey and somewhat corky on small trees, or greyish-brown and scaly on larger trees. The trunk is often irregular or fluted in shape. Flowers and fruiting from September to November, and the fruit is a drupe, and eaten by rainforest birds including the topknot pigeon. I only noticed one small stand of trees during the course of the day, and not returning through this area, I wish I had taken better photos.

Habitat:

Ravensbourne National Park, along the rainforest track. Despite this country currently being in drought, this rainforest is still dense, moist and cool, and water still trickles in its creeks and gullies. Dense canopy, thus dark with very filtered light, and abundant leaf litter. Neighbouring groves of Piccabeen Palms. Elevation above 500 mtrs. https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/ravens...


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2 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

Thanks, Daniele. I'll be watching to see them flower and fruit very soon.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 months ago

Beautiful trees Neil!

Toowoomba, QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.37, Long: 152.18

Spotted on Aug 5, 2018
Submitted on Aug 10, 2018

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