Antidesma ghaesembilla—Black Currant Tree—PHYLLANTHACEAE

Antidesma ghaesembilla

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Habitat—Grows in gallery forest, monsoon forest and closed forest often on heavy soils subject to water–logging during the wet season. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 600 m.

Distribution— A north Queensland species which also occurs in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Asia and Malaysia.

Description—Shrub to small tree, 1 to 6 m tall. Stems often short-boled and poorly formed. Bark dark in colour. Often flowering and fruiting as a shrub.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.—Simple, entire, alternate, 2−ranked, domatia present as tufts of hair. Leaf blades ovate, about 4 to 6 by 2 to 3.5 cm. Lateral veins curving but not forming very distinct loops inside the blade margin. Twig lenticels pale. Stipules filiform, pubescent.

Antidesma ghaesembilla
Antidesma ghaesembilla

Inflorescence.—Male and female flowers about 1 mm diam. Disk pubescent in both male and female flowers.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Small, dark red to black, about 4 to 5 mm long. Persistent calyx not disk–like.

Ripe.—Autumn

Antidesma ghaesembilla