Hodgkinsonia ovatiflora—Hodgkinsonia—RUBIACEAE

Hodgkinsonia ovatiflora

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Habitat—Grows mostly in Dry Rainforest, occasionally in Subtropical rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Hastings River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Small tree to 25 m high, ± glabrous.

Local occurrences—The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour and Sea Acres National Park

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, stipules and domatia present, elliptic or narrow-ovate, 4 to 8 cm long, 1 to 4 cm wide, apex acute to bluntly acuminate, lamina soft, thin–textured, ± glabrous, glossy, reticulate veins fine and prominent particularly on lower surface, hairy tufts present along lower midrib; petiole 4–10 mm long; stipules triangular.

Hodgkinsonia ovatiflora

Inflorescence.—Umbellate, axillary on peduncles to 3 cm long; flowers unisexual, yellowish green. Male flowers 10 to 20 per umbel; calyx c. 1 mm long; corolla tube urceolate, c. 4 mm long. Female flowers few per umbel; calyx 2 to 2.5 mm long; corolla tube ± globose, 2–2.5 mm long.

Flowering.—November to January observed in early December

Fruit.—Ovoid, 5 to 10 mm long, black, ribbed when dry

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn