Baloghia marmorata—Marbled Baloghia, Jointed Baloghia—EUPHORBIACEAE

Baloghia marmorata

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Habitat— In Subtropical Rainforest on basaltic soil; rare.

Distribution— North from the Lismore area in New South Wales and to Mt Pinbarren in the south east area of Gympie in Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens at Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.—Whorled or opposite, margins entire, translucent dots absent. Leaves mostly irregularly clustered below terminal scaly buds, or opposite or sometimes alternate, lamina oblanceolate, 8 to 15 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, both surfaces glossy green and glabrous; petiole usually 1.5 to 5 cm long, less than 1 cm long on bracts associated with inflorescences.

Baloghia marmorata
Baloghia marmorata

Inflorescence.— Terminal on lateral shoots 10 to 15 cm long, leafless except for 2 opposite elliptic leaf–like bracts, at the apex of shoot; bracts with petiole commonly 5 mm long, lamina 3 to 5 cm long, remaining on stem and enlarging up to 10 cm after fruit formation; buds in axils of scale leaves developing and continuing vegetative growth. Petals commonly 5 mm long, white.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit.—Capsule three lobed, 1.5 to 2 cm long, blackish–brown with three mottled seeds.

Ripe.—Winter.

Baloghia marmorata