Glochidion ferdinandi var. pubens—Hairy Cheese Tree—PHYLLANTHACEAE

Glochidion ferdinandi

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Habitat— In coastal Rainforest and margins of swamps.

Distribution— From Port Hacking to Tuross Head, not common.

Description—Small tree to 6 m, pubescent.

Local occurrences

Saltwater Nature Reserve, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath and Wallamba River Area.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, 2—ranked, pubescent, elliptic to oblong–elliptic, shortly pointed, mostly 3 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 4 cm wide; petiole 3 to 5 mm long.

Glochidion ferdinandi
Glochidion ferdinandi

Inflorescence—Pedicellate in leaf axils, but not on a common peduncle. Perianth 2 to 3 mm long. Pubescent.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit—Capsule stalked, pubescent, solitary in leaf axil, 12 to 20 mm diam., green turning whitish pink to deep red when ripe; segments opening and exposing a pair of flattened seeds in each loculus; seeds covered by a red aril.

Ripe.—November to February.

Glochidion ferdinandi