Denhamia celastroides —Denhamia, Orange Boxwood—CELASTRACEAE

Denhamia celastroides

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Habitat—Grows in most types of rainforest and margins with wet sclerophyll forest

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

Description—Shrub or small tree to 7 m high; branchlets striate.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Middle Brother National Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve and Ellenborough Falls.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, terminal buds scaly or rusty—hairy, elliptic to oblanceolate, rarely lanceolate, mostly 4 to 12 cm long, 10 to 45 mm wide, apex acute, sometimes acuminate or rounded, margins finely and often irregularly toothed to rarely entire, glabrous and glossy, veins slightly raised on upper surface; petiole 2 to 5 mm long.

Denhamia celastroides

Inflorescence.—Many-flowered. Petals c. 2.5 mm long. Ovary 3-locular, 2 or 3, rarely 4 ovules per loculus; stigma 3—lobed.

Flowering.—October to November.

Fruit.—Capsule ovoid, 10 to 17 mm long, 4—valved; seeds more than half surrounded by aril.

Ripe.—Autumn