Hedraianthera porphyropetala—Hedraianthera—CELASTRACEAE

Hedraianthera porphyropetala

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Habitat—Grows in Subtropical and Littoral Rainforest.

Distribution— North from Ballina in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 6 m high, glabrous

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, without oil dots, 2—ranked, elliptic, lanceolate or ovate, mostly 5 to 17 cm long, 1.5 to 6 cm wide, apex acuminate to rarely obtuse, margins entire, upper surface dark green, lower surface paler, often with 1 to 4 pale corky galls; petiole 2 to 6 mm long.

Hedraianthera porphyropetala
Hedraianthera porphyropetala

Inflorescence.— Flowers solitary or a few in short racemes, sometimes ramiflorous; pedicels to 25 mm long. Sepals commonly 1 mm long. Petals 3 to 7 mm long, reddish.

Flowering.—Late Summer to Autumn.

Fruit.— Capsule ovoid to depressed–globose, 15 to 25 mm long, 5–valved; seeds 3–angled, commonly 8 to 12 mm long, aril at base and on one side, fleshy.

Ripe.— Late Winter to Spring.

Hedraianthera porphyropetala