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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Nothorites
P.H. Weston
Species: N. megacarpus
Binomial name
Nothorites megacarpus

Orites megacarpa A.S.George & B.Hyland

Nothorites is a genus of a sole described species of trees, constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae.[1][2] The species Nothorites megacarpus grows naturally only in restricted mountain regions (endemic) of the wet tropics rain forests of north-eastern Queensland, Australia.[3][4]

The species was first formally scientifically described as Orites megacarpa in 1995 by Alex S. George and Bernie P. M. Hyland.[4] Genetic studies published in 2008 by Austin Mast and colleagues demonstrated that it was not correlated with other species in the genus Orites.[2] Instead it correlates with the group of Macadamia related species and genera.[2] Therefore, the new genus Nothorites was created and this species name combination was published.[2]

The species occurs in rainforests around Mount Spurgeon and Mount Lewis (both inland above Mossman) as well as Mount Bartle Frere at an altitude of 1100 to 1200 metres.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Nothorites%". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) database (listing by % wildcard matching of all taxa relevant to Australia). Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 26 Apr 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Mast, Austin R.; Willis, Crystal L.; Jones, Eric H.; Downs, Katherine M.; Weston, Peter H. (July 2008). "A smaller Macadamia from a more vagile tribe: inference of phylogenetic relationships, divergence times, and diaspore evolution in Macadamia and relatives (tribe Macadamieae; Proteaceae)". American Journal of Botany. 95 (7): 843–870. doi:10.3732/ajb.0700006. ISSN 1537-2197. PMID 21632410. Retrieved 4 Apr 2013.
  3. ^ a b Hyland, B. P. M.; Whiffin, T.; Zich, F. A.; et al. (Dec 2010). "Factsheet – Nothorites megacarpus". 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 5 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b c George, Alex S.; Hyland, Bernie P. M. (1995). "Orites megacarpa". In McCarthy, Patrick. Flora of Australia: Volume 16: Eleagnaceae, Proteaceae 1 (online version)|format= requires |url= (help). Flora of Australia series. CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study. pp. 497 (1st publ.), 348. ISBN 978-0-643-05692-3.

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