Alangium villosum subsp. polyosmoides—Muskwood, Black Muskheart, Canary Muskheart— CORNACEAE

Alangium polyosmoides

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Habitat—Grows in coastal subtropical and dry rainforest.

Distribution— North from Newcastle in New South Wales to North Queensland

Description—Small tree to 20 m high; branches glabrous or sparsely hairy.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Dixon Property, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots and with domatia in some of the vein-angles below. Leaves lanceolate to oblong, mostly 4—15 cm long and 2—4 cm wide, but often larger on juvenile plants, apex 1 acuminate, base often asymmetric, upper surface greenish yellow and 1 glabrous, lower sur face paler and softly hairy; venation prominent on lower surface, tertiary veins 1 transverse; numerous pit-like domatia along primary and secondary veins; petiole 5—20 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy.

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Alangium polyosmoides

Inflorescence— 6—10—flowered, appressed hairy. Calyx c. 1 mm long, hairy. Petals 4—6, 12—15 mm long, cream to yellowish, hairy. Stamens as many as petals. Ovary 1-locular.

Flowering.—October to April

Fruit—Drupe ellipsoid to ovoid, 12—16 mm long, 5—10 mm diam., black when ripe, ribbed, crowned by disc and calyx.

Ripe.—January to August

Alangium polyosmoides