Ehretia acuminata var. acuminata —Koda, Silky Ash, Churnwood—BORAGINACEAE.

Ehretia acuminata

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Habitat—In warmer rainforest, especially near the margins or in disturbed areas.

Distribution—North from Bega district and west to the upper Hunter Valley. New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Tree to 30 m high, often ± deciduous, mostly glabrous; bark grey, smooth.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, ovate to elliptic; lamina 8 to 15 cm long, mostly 2.5 to 5.5 cm wide, apex acuminate, margins toothed, lamina glabrous, veins pinnate to arcuate; petiole 12 to 25 mm long.

Ehretia acuminata
Ehretia acuminata Ehretia acuminata
Ehretia acuminata

Inflorescence—A many—flowered panicle. Calyx glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Corolla c. 5 mm long and 6 mm diam., white; lobes 1.5 to 2 mm long. Anthers exserted. Ovary 4—locular with 1 ovule per loculus; style exserted.

Flowering.—October to January.

Fruit—Drupe with 2 pyrenes, 5 to 7 mm diam., orange to yellow.

Ripe.—April to July

Ehretia acuminata