Tasmannia insipida— Brush Pepperbush—WINTERACEAE.

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Habitat—On the coast and ranges, usually in or near rainforest.

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

Description— Shrub 1 to 3 m high.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Middle Brother National Park, Sea Acres National Park, Tiona Park Boot Booti National Park, Waitui Falls and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— In pseudo—whorls, entire, fine oil dots, petioles short and broad, often red, lanceolate, acute, 8 to 20 cm long, mostly 15 to 35 mm wide, rarely to 50 mm, base truncate and usually auriculate, glabrous, green and glossy on both surfaces; petiole 2 to 4 mm long.

Inflorescence.—Petals usually 2, 5 to 10 mm long, white. Carpel sessile, solitary; with 15 to 40 ovules.

Flowering.—August to November.

Fruit.—Berry ± ovoid, c. 12 to 20 mm long, usually purplish, sometimes white mottled with red, solitary and sessile on peduncle 10 to 20 mm long.

Ripe.—February to April