Schizomeria ovata—Crabapple, White Birch, White Cherry, Snowberry—CUNONIACEAE.

Schizomeria ovata

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Habitat— Widespread in warm-temperate rainforest, generally associated with Ceratopetalum apetalum on poorer soils, also on richer volcanic soils and in subtropical rainforest.

Distribution— North from Narooma New South Wales to Queensland.

Description— Medium to large tree with finely fissured hard-corky bark.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, 1—foliolate, stipules present, ovate to elliptic, mostly 5 to 15 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide (larger on juvenile shoots), apex acute to broad—acuminate, margins bluntly toothed to almost entire, leathery; petiole 5 to 30 mm long; stipules 2 to 3 mm long.

Schizomeria ovata
Schizomeria ovata

Inflorescence.— 5 to 12 cm long. Calyx lobes c. 2 mm long, not enlarging in fruit.

Flowering.—Spring.

Fruit.—Drupe ovoid to globose, 10 to 15 mm diam., white to yellowish.

Ripe.—October to December.

Schizomeria ovata