Choricarpia leptopetala —Brown Myrtle, Brush Turpentine—MYRTACEAE

Choricarpia leptopetala

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Habitat—Grows on rainforest margins, on poorer soils, often near watercourses or on ridges in wet sclerophyll forest.

Distribution—North from Stanwell Park, New South Wales and Queensland..

Description—Shrub or tree with somewhat flaky bark; young shoots and inflorescences rusty-tomentose.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Dixon Property, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Stephen Street Reserve and Tuncurry Flora Park.

Leaves.—Simple, opposite, entire, with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein, undersurface hairy. Lamina ovate to elliptic, 5.8 to 15 cm long, 1.5 to 5.5 cm wide, apex acuminate, margins often minutely crenate and ± recurved, upper surface green, lower surface rusty or greyish pubescent; oil glands numerous, irregular, distinct; petiole 3 to 10 mm long.

Choricarpia leptopetala
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Choricarpia leptopetala

Inflorescence—Peduncles 15 to 30 mm long. Flowers cream. Petals present, small, rusty-tomentose. Stamens 4 to 8 mm long, ± glabrous.

Flowering—July to September

Fruit—c. 2 mm long, free from each other; head c. 10 mm diam.

Ripe.—December to January

Choricarpia leptopetala