Cryptocarya erythroxylon— Rose Maple, Pigeonberry Ash—LAURACEAE

Cryptocarya erythroxylon

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Habitat—Found in subtropical rainforest in coastal ranges from 500–1050 m alt.

Distribution— North from Barrington Tops district in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Large tree, often slightly buttressed, bark white or greyish; new growth with white or brownish, appressed hairs.

Local occurrences


Leaves.— Simple, alternate, oil dots minute, glaucous below, ovate to lanceolate, occasionally elliptic, usually 5 to 14 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, apex strongly acuminate (canopy leaves bluntly acuminate), upper surface glabrous and glossy green, lower surface whitish and ± glabrous in mature leaves (sometimes with very scattered appressed hairs); secondary veins brownish, strongly curved and extending unbranched to near the margin, reticulum coarse, not areolate; petiole 10 to 15 mm long, glabrous.

Cryptocarya erythroxylon
Cryptocarya erythroxylon

Inflorescence.—In panicles, shorter than leaves

Flowering.—Summer to Autumn

Fruit.— Ovoid, 15 to 20 mm long, 12 to 15 mm diam

Ripe.—April to October