Homalanthus populifolius (Synonym: Omalanthus populifolius)— Bleeding Heart, Native Poplar—EUPHORBIACEAE.

Homalanthus populifolius

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Habitat—Subtropical, Warm-temperate and Dry rainforest.

Distribution— East Gippsland, Victoria, New south Wales and North Queensland.

Description— Small tree or shrub to 6m high by 15cm diam. Heart shaped leaves turn red when mature, thus the name bleeding heart.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, 1 basil gland, petiole long. Leaves triangular to heart shaped, entire, 6 to 20cm long, upper surface satiny green, lower surface pale grey—green, soft, thin, hairless with reddish stems and raised gland at base.

Homalanthus populifolius
Homalanthus populifolius

Inflorescence—Yellow—green, tiny, on racemes 2 to 10cm long.

Flowering.—September to December

Fruit—Two lobed capsule, 6 to 9 mm, fleshy, purplish. Seeds coated with an oily yellow aril.

Ripe.—December to March.

Homalanthus populifolius