Acronychia wilcoxiana — Silver Aspen —RUTACEAE

acronychia wilcoxiana

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Habitat.— Commonly in littoral rainforest on sand but also in warm temperate rainforest on soils of only moderate fertility.

Distribution.— North from the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales to Fraser Island, Queensland.

Description.— Small tree to c. 9 m high, ± glabrous.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill,Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke,Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road,Diamond Beach,Diamond Beach LRF,Dixon Property,Elizabeth Beach,Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, One Mile Beach,Red Head,Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney,Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point,Stephen Street Reserve,Tiona,Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— 1—foliolate, opposite, entire and mostly with distinct oil dots. Lamina obovate to oblanceolate or oblong-elliptic, 6—22 cm long, 2.5—9 cm wide, apex rounded to bluntly acuminate, sometimes notched, base ± cuneate or sometimes narrow—cordate, glabrous, both surfaces shiny green, upper surface darker than lower surface, oil dots obvious but scattered, not strongly aromatic when crushed; petiole 6—30 mm long.

acronychia wilcoxiana
acronychia wilcoxiana

Inflorescence— Many-flowered, 4—6.5 cm long. Sepals 1.2—3 mm long. Petals 8.5—10 mm long, whitish.

Flowering.— January to May.

Fruit.— Broad-ovoid to ± globose, 8—20 mm diam., glabrous or with apical tuft of hairs, mostly 4 or 5—lobed and usually deeply furrowed between carpels when dry, white.

Fruit.— Ripe March to May.

acronychia wilcoxiana