Glochidion ferdinandi var. ferdinandi —Cheese Tree—PHYLLANTHACEAE

Glochidion ferdinandi

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Habitat—Widespread in coastal districts including littoral and sub-tropical rainforest.

Distribution—From the far south coast of New South Wales, north to Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Description—Shrub to medium–sized tree.

Local occurrences

Ramada Resort Diamond Beach, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tern Island, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, 2—ranked, hairless, elliptic to oblong–elliptic, shortly pointed, mostly 3 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 4 cm wide; petiole 3 to 5 mm long.

Glochidion ferdinandi
Glochidion ferdinandi

Inflorescence—Pedicellate in leaf axils, but not on a common peduncle. Perianth 2 to 3 mm long.


Fruit—Capsule stalked, solitary in leaf axil, 12 to 20 mm diam., green turning whitish pink to deep red when ripe; segments opening and exposing a pair of flattened seeds in each loculus; seeds covered by a red aril.

Ripe.—November to February.

Glochidion ferdinandi