Callicoma serratifolia —Black Wattle, Callicoma, Silver-leaf Butterwood—CUNONIACEAE

Callicoma serratifolia

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Habitat—Grows mainly in rainforest and on its margins, often in regrowth, common along creeks and rocky gullies.

Distribution— North from Batemans Bay, NSW abd Queensland.

Description—Tall shrub or tree to 20 m, young stems often reddish with long hairs.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops and Wallingat National Park.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, stipules present. Elliptic to lanceolate, usually 4 to 12 cm long and 3 to 5 cm wide, margins coarsely toothed; upper surface dark green and ± glabrous, lower surface generally white—tomentose, sometimes with some rusty hairs; petiole 10 to 20 mm long; stipules c. 5 mm long.

Callicoma serratifolia
Callicoma serratifolia

Inflorescence—Flower heads 10 to 20 mm diam., peduncle 10 to 30 mm long. Sepals c. 2 mm long, yellowish.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit— Capsules small, clustered in heads c. 15 mm diam

Ripe.—July to August.

Callicoma serratifolia