Auranticarpa rhombifolia —Hollywood—PITTOSPORACEAE

Auranticarpa rhombifolia

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Habitat—Grows in well-drained near-coastal situations in rainforest and dry vine scrub, occasionally in drier woodland.

Distribution— North from Alstonville district in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Small to medium tree, 13 to 30 m high, canopy narrow, almost glabrous throughout

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Leaves.— Simple, in whorls or pseudo—whorls, margins toothed. Seedling and adult leaves alternate or clustered at end of branches, angular—obovate to rhombic. 86 to 120 mm long, 35 to 70 mm wide, glabrous; margin flat or up—turned, sinuate, especially distally (teeth rounded); apex rounded, but with drip tip 10 mm long; petiole 15 to 25 mm long.

Auranticarpa rhombifolia
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Auranticarpa rhombifolia

Inflorescence—A dense, terminal, many—flowered, branched corymb. Sepals 1 to 2 mm long, yellow; margin minutely ciliate. Petals 5 to 6 mm long, cream—colured to white. Ovary longitudinally ridged, hairy.

Flowering. Mostly Summer, but as early as Spring and as late as March.

Fruit—Capsule pear-shaped, 5 to 10 mm long, 5 to 8 mm diameter (stipe 2 mm long), orange—yellow, smooth, ± glabrous, yellowish; seeds usually 1 per locule, rarely more, black

Ripe.—September to November

Auranticarpa rhombifolia