Medicosma elliptica  |  

Medicosma elliptica

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Medicosma elliptica, Family Rutaceae, is a shrub or small tree growing to 7 m tall with hairless branchlets, 2Ð3 mm wide at the internodes. Leaves are arranged in more or less opposite pairs on stalks 4Ð10 mm long. The stalks are not swollen at the apex and not articulated with the blade. Leaf blades are somewhat leathery, hairless, conspicuously dotted with oil glands, 4.5Ð12.5 cm long, 1.8Ð6 cm wide, about 2Ð3 times as long as wide, usually widest in the middle or sometimes above the middle. The apex is acute or obtuse to rounded, usually slightly notched, the base acute to tapering. There are 11Ð13 main veins on each side of the midrib, diverging at an angle of 50¡Ð60¡. Inflorescences (flower clusters) are one or few-flowered, borne in the angles between leaves and stems. Flowers are 5.5Ð6 mm long, egg-shaped and four-angled in bud and without stalks or on stalks to 1 mm long. Petals are white, 4.5Ð5.5 mm long and the outer surface is densely covered with short, soft hairs (Hartley, 1985).

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Medicosma elliptica

    All stages of the life cycle of M. elliptica are thought to be threatened by fire; and it is not known whether trees are capable of resprouting following fire; so a total fire exclusion policy should be practised (Halford; 1998).