Cryptocarya glaucescens—Jackwood—LAURACEAE

Cryptocarya glaucescens

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Habitat—Common in all types of warmer rainforest from sea level to 1000m alt., especially on poorer sedimentary soils.

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

Description—Medium—sized tree, sometimes buttressed, bark brown and ± scaly; young growth covered with appressed, fawn hairs, soon becoming glabrous.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire with minute oil dots, leaves glaucous below, oblong—elliptic to elliptic, only rarely ovate, usually 5 to 13 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, apex shortly narrowed to a blunt point, upper surface green and shiny, lower surface ashy—grey, often blotchy, glabrous at maturity; midrib broad and yellowish, secondary veins somewhat curved, not extending to near margin, reticulum finely areolate; petiole 6 to 12 mm long.

Cryptocarya glaucescens
Cryptocarya glaucescens

Inflorescence—Panicles shorter, or scarcely longer than leaves. Flowers cream or pale green, small and numerous.

Flowering.—October to December.

Fruit—Depressed—globose drupe, 10 to 15 mm long, 12 to 20 mm diam., longitudinally ribbed, black.

Ripe.—March to June.

Cryptocarya glaucescens