Ceratopetalum apetalum —Coachwood—CUNONIACEAE

Ceratopetalum apetalum

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Habitat— Widespread in warm—temperate rainforest on poorer soils, also in cool—temperate and occasionally subtropical rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Batemans Bay district to the McPherson Range in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Medium—sized tree with smooth whitish bark blotched with grey and white lichens and with distinctive horizontal lines encircling the trunk.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens Taree, Dorrigo National Park, Tapin Tops National Park and Waitui Falls.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, 1—foliolate, stipules present, lamina elliptic to oblong, mostly 6 to 12 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide; petiole usually 10 to 20 mm long; stipules 3 to 5 mm long.

Ceratopetalum apetalum
Ceratopetalum apetalum Ceratopetalum apetalum
Ceratopetalum apetalum

Inflorescence— To 12 cm long. Sepals enlarging to 8 mm long.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer

Fruit—Pink in fruit. Petals absent.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn

Ceratopetalum apetalum