Alchornea ilicifolia — Dovewood, Native Holly—EUPHORBIACEAE

Alchornea ilicifolia

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Habitat—Occurs in drier rainforest or on the boundary of open forest,

Distribution—From the coast to the escarpment ranges and upper Hunter Valley; north from the Illawarra region.

Description—Small tree or more often a straggling shrub to 6 m high.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Dixon Property, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.—Simple, alternate and toothed; with a few spinose teeth; broad-elliptic to rhombic or obovate, mostly 2—8 cm long, 2—5 cm wide, stiff, prominently veined, margins with 2—4 pairs of spine-tipped teeth, glabrous; petiole 1—3 mm long.

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Alchornea ilicifolia

Inflorescence—Flower spikes to c. 3 cm long, greenish. Perianth 1—1.5 mm long.

Flowering.—May to June

Fruit—Capsule c. 7 mm diam.

Ripe.—December to February

Alchornea ilicifolia