Abrophyllum ornans —Native Hydrangea —Rousseaceae

Abrophyllum ornans

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Habitat—Grows in warm-temperate and subtropical rainforest, especially along smaller watercourses or in gullies on poorer soils.

Distribution—North from the Shoalhaven River in New South Wales to Northern Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 8 m high, branchlets herbaceous, without conspicuous lenticels;new growth and inflorescences sparsely to densely appressed-hairy

Local occurrences

Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Waitui Falls and Wingham Brush

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, elliptic to obovate, mostly 10 to 20 cm long, 3 to 8 cm wide, apex long-acuminate, base cuneate, margins irregularly toothed with each tooth ending in a callus point, lamina glabrous or with a few hairs, venation more distinct on lower surface; petiole 20 to 40 mm long.

Abrophyllum ornans
Abrophyllum ornans

Inflorescence.—In panicles 5 to 10 cm long, usually much shorter than leaves. Calyx c. 2 mm long. Petals 4 to 5 mm long, yellowish.

Flowering.—October to December

Fruit—A berry, ovoid to ellipsoid, 8 to 12 mm long, 5 to 7 mm wide, blackish, topped by persistent stigma.

Ripe.—March to May

Abrophyllum ornans