Yellow Tulipwood (species: Drypetes deplanchei) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Drypetes deplanchei
Yellow Tulipwood

©Anne Hoggett: Leaves of Drypetes deplanchei tree about 3 m tall at Lizard Island Research Station. Note that leaves alternate on the stem and lack the thorns that are present on younger plants.

©Anne Hoggett: Fruit about 1 cm diameter of Drypetes deplanchei at Lizard Island Research Station in early November 2018. This tree about 3 m high bore very few fruits.

©Anne Hoggett: Stem of Drypetes deplanchei tree about 3 m tall at Lizard Island Research Station.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Malpighiales
Family Putranjivaceae
Genus Drypetes
Species Drypetes deplanchei



Distinguishing features

Leaves alternate; leaf edges smooth in all but very young plants, which have strongly toothed leaves similar to holly. Spherical to elliptic orange to red fruits about 1 cm in diameter.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



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Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and M. Dufrene (1999). Flora and vegetation of Turtell V, Turtell Islands Group (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 67: 45-97. LIRS catalog number 577.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and A.-L. Jacquemart (2008). Nymph Island (Great Barrier Reef, Qld., Australia): Flora and vegetation of a low wooded island, Scripta Botanica Belgica, 43: 1-88. LIRS catalog number 1210.
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