Pouteria australis —Black Apple, Wumbang— SAPOTACEAE

Pouteria australis

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Habitat—In most types of warmer rainforest.

Distribution—.Widespread on the coast and Upper Hunter Valley; north from the Illawarra, Shoalhaven River to Miriam Vale Queensland.

Description—Medium to tall sized tree, 30m high x 60 to 120cm diam. Trunk fluted and usually flanged at the base in large trees. Bark is brown and wrinkled with short vertical fissures, may have a thin corky layer. Young shoots usually downy.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster Park and Marina, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, milky latex present in petioles. Obovate to ovate or elliptic, mostly 8—16 cm long, 2—5 cm wide, apex obtuse or bluntly pointed, base tapering, thick and leathery, upper surface shiny, lower surface paler green, secondary and fine veins distinct and raised on both surfaces; petiole 5—10 mm long. Milky latex present, obvious in cut petioles

Pouteria australis
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Pouteria australis

Inflorescence—Flowers usually axillary, solitary or few-flowered clusters

Flowering.—Usually October to November.

Local occurrences

Fruit—Fruit obovoid or globose, 20—50 mm long, purplish or black, 3—5 seeded; seeds c. 2 cm long, brown and shiny with a whitish elongate scar. NB: Fruiting does not always occur annually.

Ripe.—Sept to Nov.

Planchonella australis