Claoxylon australe —Brittlewood—EUPHORBIACEAE

Claoxylon australe

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Habitat—Occurs in warmer rainforest on the coast and adjacent ranges.

Distribution—North from Bermagui in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree, often straggling and to c. 9 m high, glabrous or finely pubescent, small branches pale and brittle.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Dixon Property, Karloo Street Reserve, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, hairy, green to pale green, not whitish. Elliptic to oblong, lamina mostly 6 to 12 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, margins toothed, sometimes obscurely so; glossy or dull, glabrous or finely hairy; veins prominent on both surfaces; petiole 2 to 4 cm long with 1 to 5 raised glands on upper surface near apex; stipules minute.

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Claoxylon australe

Inflorescence— Male racemes 5 to 8 cm long, females 3 to 5 cm long. Perianth segments greenish, c. 2 mm long.

Flowering.—October to November.

Fruit—Capsule 5 to 6 mm diam., purplish black, minutely pubescent; seeds 3, with a red aril.

Ripe.—Summer.

Claoxylon australe