Graptophyllum ilicifolium—Holly-leaved fuchsia—ACANTHACEAE.

Graptophyllum ilicifolium

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Habitat—In Dry Rainforest areas or along creek banks.

Distribution— Known to occur only in the Eungella region to the west of Mackay, Queensland.

Description—A medium shrub 3-5m high

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, broadly egg—shaped or oval, to 5cm x 3cm, with toothed margins. They are borne alternately on the stem but opposing the leaf is a flower cluster usually accompanied by a small leaf bract which has the appearance of a dwarf leaf. If the flower does not develop (or after it has fallen) the leaf and bract appear to be opposite leaves of differing sizes.

Graptophyllum ilicifolium
Graptophyllum ilicifolium

Inflorescence.—Bright scarlet flowers borne in pairs or clusters along the stems, opposite the leaves. They are tubular, about 3cm in length.

Flowering.—Spring to early Summer.

Fruit.—Seed capsules are club shaped, dry and woody and contain 2 seeds.

Ripe.—Autumn.

Graptophyllum ilicifolium