Eupomatia laurina —Bolwarra, Copper Laurel—EUPOMATIACEAE

Eupomatia laurina

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Habitat—Widespread in or near warmer rainforest and moist eucalypt forest on the coast and lower ranges.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree, branchlets often black.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Copeland, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tiona, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, oil—like dots minute, stems strongly zig—zag, two ranked. Oblong—elliptic, mostly 7 to 12 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, glabrous, upper surface shiny; petiole c. 3 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Apparently axillary but usually terminal on short axillary shoots, solitary or in pairs, c. 20 mm diam. Stamens 8 to 10 mm long, white to cream, staminodes whitish, remaining ± erect, not concealing the longer stamens.

Flowering.—Chiefly early Summer.

Fruit—Berry globose to urn—shaped, 15 to 20 mm diam., green turning brownish

Ripe.—December to January.

Eupomatia laurina