Ball Nut  |  

Floydia praealta

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Possum Nut; Big Nut; Beefwood

The Ball Nut is a tall tree, growing 30-35 m in height, with rough, brown, slightly wrinkled bark. The shiny, smooth, leathery leaves are usually at least 6 times longer than they are broad, averaging 7-30 cm long by 2-4.5 cm wide, tapering at the bases and rounded at the apex. The secondary and finer veins on leaves are distinct on both upper and lower surfaces, and leaf margins are slightly wavy. Leaf stems are 6-12 mm long.The small, cream-coloured flowers are carried on stems 3-5 mm long and amassed into inflorescences 7-20 cm long. When open, flowers are spidery in appearance and have a musky odour. The fruit is woody, globular and up to 5 cm in diameter, containing one or two seeds.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Floydia praealta

    Threats The main identified threats to Ball Nut include clearing and fragmentation of habitat; habitat infestation by weeds; and fire (DECC; 2005).