Eucryphia wilkiei

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Eucryphia wilkiei
Eucryphia wilkiei flowers.jpg
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Oxalidales
Family: Cunoniaceae
Genus: Eucryphia
E. wilkiei
Binomial name
Eucryphia wilkiei

Eucryphia wilkiei is a species of rainforest shrubs growing naturally only (endemic) in restricted areas of cloud forests on mountain tops in the Wet Tropics region of north eastern Queensland, Australia.[1][3][4] As of November 2013, botanists classify Eucryphia as constituting part of the plant family Cunoniaceae.[5]

Naturally, they grow 1 to 6 m (3 to 20 ft) tall and occur only within an altitude range of about 1,200 to 1,500 m (4,000 to 5,000 ft).[3][4]

In Jan. 1970 Jack (John H.) Wilkie (1902–1997), orchid expert and botanical explorer of the Mount Bellenden Ker region, was the first European–Australian person to scientifically discover them.[1] Bernie Hyland formally scientifically described the species name in 1997.[1]

Eucryphia wilkiei’s, endemic, very restricted distribution has obtained the conservation status of "vulnerable", officially listed in the regulation current as of 27 September 2013, of the Queensland government legislation, the Nature Conservation Act 1992.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Forster, Paul I.; Hyland, Bernie P. M. (1997). "Two new species of Eucryphia Cav. (Cunoniaceae) from Queensland". Austrobaileya. 4 (4): 589–596. JSTOR 41738890.
  2. ^ "Eucryphia wilkiei B.Hyland". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b Hyland, B. P. M.; Whiffin, T.; Zich, F. A.; et al. (Dec 2010). "Factsheet – Eucryphia wilkiei". Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants. Edition 6.1, online version [RFK 6.1]. Cairns, Australia: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), through its Division of Plant Industry; the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research; the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University. Retrieved 3 Dec 2013.
  4. ^ a b Cooper, Wendy; Cooper, William T. (June 2004). "Eucryphia wilkiei B.Hyland". Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest. Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia: Nokomis Editions. p. 167. ISBN 9780958174213. Retrieved 3 Dec 2013.
  5. ^ Stevens, P. F. (2001–2012). "Angiosperm Phylogeny Website – Cunoniaceae. Version 12 July 2012 with updates". Retrieved 11 Apr 2013.
  6. ^ Queensland Government (27 Sep 2013). "Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006" (PDF). Nature Conservation Act 1992. Online, accessed from Australia. p. 50. Retrieved 28 Nov 2013.