Tabernaemontana pandacaqui—Banana Bush—APOCYNACEAE.

Tabernaemontana pandacaqui

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Habitat— Grows in warmer rainforest.

Distribution—North from Manning River in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Shrub to 3 m high, glabrous.

Local occurrences

Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens and National Botanic Gardens Canberra

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire with milky latex. Elliptic to oblanceolate, 5 to 18 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, apex ± short—acuminate, base gradually narrowed, lamina soft, glabrous; base of petiole expanded into a small erect, ovate appendage appressed to the branchlet and enclosing the axillary bud; petiole 3 to 15 mm long.

Tabernaemontana pandacaqui
Tabernaemontana pandacaqui

Inflorescence.—Cymes axillary, shorter than leaves. Flowers 15 to 20 mm diam., white, fragrant. Calyx lobes c. 2 mm long. Corolla tube 10 to 15 mm long, lobes 6 to 8 mm long, asymmetric.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit.—Follicles narrow—ovoid or narrow ellipsoid with acuminate apex, 1 to 4 cm long, 8 to 10 mm diam., green and turning yellow; seeds 3 to 16, embedded in sticky red pulp.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Tabernaemontana pandacaqui