Argyrodendron trifoliolatum (STERCULIACEAE) White Booyong

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Large tree to 40 metres, in subtropical and dry rainforests in Queensland, NSW, New Guinea. Leaves trifoliolate, hence the name, dark green above and silvery grey-green to brown underneath due to a scurf of miniature wheel like scales. Pronounced ar-jir-o-DEN-dron. Common names include Booyong, Brown Tulip Oak, Brown Oak, Silver Tree, Brown Crow’s foot, Silky Elm, Brown Booyong, Red Booyong, Hickory, Black Stave Wood, Highroot, Stone Wood, Ash Meganti.

Name

Argyrondendron from Greek arguros meaning white metal such as silver and dendron meaning a tree, referring to the underside of leaflets, young branchlets and inflorescence being covered by a silvery scurf of minute wheel-shaped scales. Trifoliolatum from Latin tres meaning three, and foliatus provided with or having leaves, referring to the compound leaf of three leaflets.