Scolopia braunii — Flintwood — SALICACEAE

Scolopia braunii

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Habitat—Coastal rainforests of all types

Distribution— North from Jervis Bay in New South Wales to Cape York Queensland

Description—Shrub to Medium sized tree to 25m, trunk to 50cm diam, ± glabrous, coppice shoots often spinose. Forms a dense symmetrical crown when out in the open. Prefers red basalt soils. Trunk buttressed or flanged in larger trees. Bark orange—brown, scaley, very thin. New growth reddish.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands , Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Scolopia braunii Scolopia braunii

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, margins toothed with axillary spines on juvenile plants, margins angled on mature plants, lanceolate to rhombic or elliptic, 4—8 cm long, 1—4 cm wide, entire to crenate or more often coarsely toothed or angled (especially on juvenile plants), paler below, often 3—veined in basal half; petiole 5—10 mm long. Midrib and lateral veins visible on both sides, obscurly 3 veined—the 2 outer veins almost on margins.

Scolopia braunii
Scolopia braunii

Inflorescence.—Racemes few to many—flowered, 2—4 cm long. Sepals and petals 4, 1—2 mm long, greenish.

Flowering.—September to November

Fruit—Berry ±ovoid, c. 12 mm diam., red to black. Seeds 2—4 cream coloured, angular in orange fibrous pulp.

Ripe.—Feb-March

Scolopia braunii