Neolitsea australiensis — Green Bolly Gum—LAURACEAE.

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Habitat—Found in subtropical rainforest in lowland and coastal ranges on fertile soil.

Distribution— North from Ourimbah on the Central Coast of New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Small slender understorey tree with young branchlets and leaves glabrous, except when very young.

Local occurrences

Sea Acres National Park and Raintrees Diamond Beach.

Leaves.— Simple, in pseudo—whorls, margins entire, fine oil dots, petiole long, 3—veined in base half, ovate to elliptic, hairless, usually 6 to 13 cm long, 2 to 6 cm wide, apex acuminate, upper surface glossy green and glabrous, lower surface slightly glaucous, usually pale grey not whitish, glabrous except when very young and then with straight, appressed hairs; mostly 3-veined from near base; petiole 15 to 25 mm long, glabrous.

Neolitsea australiensis
Neolitsea australiensis

Inflorescence.—c. 2.5 mm long, cream; pedicels 2 to 3 mm long. Perianth segments glabrous, only the bases persisting on the fruit.

Flowering.—Autumn.

Fruit.—± globose, to 10 mm diam., black, seated on a disc–like cupule 2 to 3 mm deep.

Ripe.—May to July.

Neolitsea australiensis