Drypetes deplanchei—Yellow Tulip, Grey Boxwood.—PUTRANJIVACEAE

Drypetes deplanchei

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Habitat— Coastal areas, in Subtropical, Littoral and Dry Rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Hunter River in New South Wales and into North Queensland. Also in Carnarvon.

Description—Medium sized tree to 25 m, trunk diam to 60 cm.
Trunk: often fluted at base and well up the trunk.
Bark: pale grey, pustular and scaly on older trees, scales shedding in irregular pieces leaving depressions which gives bark a spotted appearance.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Karloo Street Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, Tiona and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, ovate to elliptic, 4 to 9 cm long by 1 to 5cm wide, margins entire, wavy or toothed, apex rounded or bluntly pointed, base shortly tapered; hairless, stiff, tough, both surfaces glossy green. Veins prominent. Petiole: 2 to 9 mm.

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Inflorescence—Yellow—brown, in leaf axils, solitary or in small clusters, 4mm diam., male and female on separate trees.

Flowering.—September to November.

Fruit— Oval drupe,10 to 20 mm long, fleshy, shiny, red with a small amount of edible flesh surrounding the seed.

Ripe.—February to April.

Drypetes deplanchei