Davidsonia jerseyana— Davidson's Plum—CUNONIACEAE

Davidsonia jerseyana

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Habitat—Confined to subtropical rainforest in coastal areas.

Distribution—From the Brunswick River to the Tweed Valley in New South Wales; rare

Description—Slender tree to 10 m high, with few branches, each bearing a tuft of leaves, ± covered with irritant hairs.

Local occurrences

Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Stephen Street Reserve and Tuncurry Flora Park

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, toothed with a narrow wing along the leaf axis, mostly 35 to 60 cm long; leaflets 7 to 17; mostly oblong to oblanceolate, mostly 6 to 30 cm long, 3 to 10 cm wide, teeth of different sizes; upper surface ± glabrous; petiole 5 to 20 cm long, petiolules 1 to 2 mm long.

Davidsonia jerseyana
Davidsonia jerseyana

Inflorescence.— Inflorescences condensed, racemose or spike–like, mostly less than 25 cm long; anthers ellipsoid at anthesis, 1.1 to 1.7 mm long; pyrenes (when fertile) 2.0 to 2.2 cm long, 1.6 to 1.7 cm wide, with an inconspicuous crest 2.0 to 2.3 mm long; . Panicles clustered, cauliflorous, 4 to 10 cm long

Flowering.—September to November

Fruit.—Fruit ± obovoid, 3–5 cm long, c. 4 cm diam., blue–black, sparsely covered with golden–brown hairs.

Ripe.—April to October

Davidsonia jerseyana