Litsea reticulata—Bolly Gum—LAURACEAE

Litsea reticulata

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Habitat—Grows in most types of rainforest, except for dry rainforest. Occasionally (One Mile Beach Forster) in littoral rainforest.

Distribution—North from Nowra in New South Wales to Mackay Queensland.

Description—Large tree to 40 m with smooth bark marked by oval depressions (bollies). Trunk buttressed or flanged in large trees.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Diamond Beach, Dixon Property, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots minute,lacking domatia, not 3—veined, not glaucous, hairless or almost so. Obovate-oblong or oblong-elliptic, usually 7 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 4 cm wide, apex obtuse, margins appear ± translucent, both surfaces glabrous; leaves larger and often pointed on young trees; secondary veins only slightly raised below, branching well in from margins, coarsely reticulate; petiole mostly 5 to 10 mm long.

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Inflorescence.—Umbels of 4 to 6 scented flowers, usually in short irregular raceme-like inflorescences, bracts enclosing flowers glabrous or sparsely hairy. Male and Female flowers on separate trees.

Flowering.—May to July

Fruit— Commonly 13 mm long, purple to black with a single seed seated in a cup.

Ripe.—November to April

Litsea reticulata