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Threatened species

Stinking Cryptocarya - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Cryptocarya foetida
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 17 Sep 2019


Stinking Cryptocarya is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 20 m tall, with a dark green crown, and brown, slightly fissured bark. The leaves are oval-shaped with a bluntly pointed tip, 5 – 12 cm long and 2 – 6 cm wide, dark green on the upper surface and paler below. The main leaf vein is prominent, yellow and characteristically crooked. The species is named from the offensive odour of the small creamy flowers, which are borne in small clusters. The purplish to black, fleshy, globular fruits are about 1 cm in diameter and enclose a single round seed.


Coastal south-east Queensland and north-east NSW south to Iluka.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in littoral, warm temporate and subtropical rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest and Camphor laural forest usually on sandy soils, but mature trees are also known on basalt soils.
  • The seeds are readily dispersed by fruit-eating birds, and seedlings and saplings have been recorded from other habitats where they are unlikely to develop to maturity.
  • Though seedlings can be fairly numerous, few mature trees are known.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known Within 30 km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known None