Bridelia exaltata —Brush Ironbark, Scrub Ironbark—PHYLLANTHACEAE

Bridelia exaltata

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Habitat—Subtropical, Littoral and Dry Rainforests

Distribution—Medium sized tree to 35 m x 90 cm stem diameter.
Trunk: cylindrical without buttresses
Bark: dark brown, deeply fissured with corky plates, hard, tough.

Description—North from Seal Rocks in New South Wales to Queensland

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park and The Islands.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, not toothed, strongly 2—ranked, elliptical to narrow-elliptical, 5 to 13cm long, tip drawn out to blunt point, base rounded, thin, upper surface glossy green, lower waxy grey-green and hairy.
Leaf stalk: 3 to 5 mm finely hairy, purplish or yellowish—green.
Venation: visible on both surfaces, mid vein yellowish, lateral veins 10 to 15 pairs.

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Inflorescence— Greenish yellow, male and female often in the same cluster of 6 or less in leaf forks, 6 mm diam. on 2 mm stalks, 4 to 5 petaled with flat circular disc in middle.

Flowering.—Spring.

Fruit— A drupe, globose 8 to 13 mm, red—brown turning blackish

Ripe.—Summer to late Autumn.

Bridelia exaltata