Cleistanthus cunninghamii — Cleistanthus, Omega Tree—PHYLLANTHACEAE

Cleistanthus cunninghamii

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Habitat—Found in moist and dry rainforest (Subtropical, Dry & Littoral Rainforests near watercourses;) up to 800 m alt., especially in coastal areas.

Distribution—North from Dungog, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree with young shoots finely pubescent, glabrescent with age.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Dixon Property, Karloo Street Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, 2—ranked, ovate to elliptic, usually 3 to 9 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, greyish green, lower surface sprinkled with pale hairs; petiole 5 to 8 mm long.

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Inflorescence— Tiny, greenish, in dense clusters.

Flowering.—October to February.

Fruit— Capsule, 6 mm diam., orange-red, 3 lobed, splits to release seeds

Ripe.—April to May.

Cleistanthus cunninghamii