Halfordia kendack—Saffron Heart, Southern Ghittoe—RUTACEAE

Halfordia kendack

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Habitat— In Littoral and Subtropical Rainforest.

Distribution— North from Browns Knob, north of Coffs Harbour and at high elevations on the McPherson and Tweed Ranges in New South Wales and to Miriam Vale in Queensland and also in North Queensland.

Description— Tree up to 25 m high.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and Iluka Nature Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, with translucent dots, oblanceolate to obovate or ± elliptic, 7 to 14 cm long, 1 to 5 cm wide, apex shortly narrowed into an obtuse point, base attenuate, sometimes asymmetric; margins entire, oil dots distinct and usually visible without a hand lens, glabrous; petiole sometimes indistinct, 3 to 20 mm long.

Halfordia kendack
Halfordia kendack

Inflorescence.— Panicles 3 to 8 cm long; pedicels 2 to 3 mm long. Calyx lobes c. 0.5 mm long. Petals 4 to 6 mm long, white.


Fruit.—Drupe ovoid, 1 to 1.5 cm long, purple to bluish black enclosing a hard stone.

Ripe.— April to May.

Halfordia kendack