Breynia oblongifolia —Dwarf Apple, Breynia, Coffee Bush—PHYLLANTHACEAE

Breynia oblongifolia

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Habitat—Widespread in or near warmer rainforests also moist areas in woodland and eucalypt forest

Distribution—North from Merimbula in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description—Upright shrub to 4 meters with thin small oblong leaves which dry to black.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Islands, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, 2—ranked in pseudo—pinnate arrangement in sets of 4 to 10, on short lateral branches, elliptic to oblong, 2 to 3 cm long, 10 to 15 mm wide, apex rounded, upper surface green, lower surface paler green.

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Breynia oblongifolia

Inflorescence—Small inconspicuous, 2 mm diam. with 6 sepals.


Fruit— Roundish berry to 7 mm diam., reddish—green to pinkish, turning black with age.
Seeds: few to many angular grey

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Breynia oblongifolia