Beilschmiedia elliptica —Grey Walnut—LAURACEAE

Beilschmiedia elliptica

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Habitat—Subtropical, Warm-temperate and Littoral Rainforest.

Distribution—North from Forster in New South Wales to Bulburin near Miriam Vale in Queensland.

Description—Medium to large tree to 35 m tall x 100 cm trunk diam. Likes red basaltic soil.
Trunk: Cylindrical, moderately buttressed and flanged on large trees.
Bark: reddish brown or rarely grey, with raised dots and depressions; bark shedding in roundish or irregular patches.
Branchlets: brown. Buds, stems & young shoots: hairy

Local occurrences

Booti Hill (Booti Booti National Park), Cape Hawke, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, alternate, hairless or almost so, narrow–elliptic, 6 to 10cm long, 2 to 3.5cm wide, apex pointed to bluntly so, margins wavy, upper surface shiny green with distinctive slatey—grey varnished appearance, lower surface dull green. Venation: prominent on both sides, raised midrib.

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Beilschmiedia elliptica

Inflorescence—Cream, 3 mm, hairy, in panicles

Flowering.—August to October.

Fruit— A drupe, globose, 10—13 mm diam., smooth, black with a greyish bloom; single seed

Ripe.—February to April