Beilschmiedia obtusifolia—Blush Walnut—LAURACEAE

Beilschmiedia obtusifolia

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Habitat —Chiefly found on more fertile hilly sites, mainly in warmer rainforest, Subtropical, Littoral and Dry.

Distribution—North from Wingham Brush in New South Wales and into Queensland

Description—Tree to 30 m with a dense crown, occasionally flanged at base, bark usually brown, slightly scaly to smooth with vertical fissures; buds, young shoots and inflorescences covered with appressed grey hairs.

Local occurrences

Sea Acres National Park, Raintrees Diamond Beach, The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour and Wingham Brush

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots minute, lacking domatia, not 3—veined, not glaucous, hairless or almost so. Usually oblanceolate, 6 to 10 cm long, 2 to 3.5 cm wide, apex obtuse or bluntly acuminate, margins undulate and ± translucent, both surfaces ± glabrous, upper surface glossy green; secondary veins 8 to 13 pairs, reticulum coarse; petiole 5 to 15 mm long.

Beilschmiedia obtusifolia
Beilschmiedia obtusifolia

Inflorescence—Panicles at ends of branches or in leaf axils, usually slightly longer than leaves. Cream, 3mm diam, finely hairy with an unpleasant odor.

Flowering.—October to November

Fruit—Fruit ovoid, c. 17 mm long, black with green, fleshy, sticky, oily aromatic pulp.

Ripe.—December to July