Neolitsea dealbata—White Bolly Gum, Hairy-leaved Bolly Gum—LAURACEAE.

Neolitsea dealbata

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Habitat—Common understorey species found in warmer types of rainforest and in ecotone with eucalypt forest.

Distribution—North from the Illawarra region in New South Wales, extending into Queensland.

Description—Shrub or tree to 12 m high, young branchlets hairy with crooked, erect, brownish hairs.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Karloo Street Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, in pseudo—whorls, margins entire, fine oil dots, petiole long, 3—veined in base half, hairy below, mostly elliptic to obovate, mostly 7 to 18 cm long, 2.5 to 8 cm wide, apex acuminate, upper surface glossy green, lower surface glaucous, usually strongly whitish and with straight and crooked, appressed, brownish hairs which sometimes persist on older leaves; usually 3—veined from near base, main veins distinctly rusty—hairy; petiole 10 to 15 mm long, rusty—hairy.

Neolitsea dealbata
Neolitsea dealbata Neolitsea dealbata
Neolitsea dealbata

Inflorescence—C. 2 mm long, cream; pedicels 2 to 4 mm long. Perianth segments fringed with reddish brown hairs, persisting on the fruit.

Flowering.—December to January.

Fruit—globose, c. 8 mm diam., black, seated on disc—like cupule 2 mm deep.

Ripe.—April to June.

Neolitsea dealbata