Cryptocarya laevigata —Red-fruited Laurel, Glossy Laurel—LAURACEAE.

Cryptocarya laevigata

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Habitat—Found in lowland subtropical rainforest on alluvial or rich basaltic soil.

Distribution— North from Lismore in New South Wales to Northern Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree; very young growth with scattered hairs, soon becoming glabrous

Local occurrences


Leaves.— Simple, margins entire, fine oil dots, 3—veined in base half, ovate—elliptic to narrow—elliptic, 5 to 12 cm long, 10 to 30 mm wide, apex acuminate, soft, both surfaces glabrous, glossy when fresh but dull on drying, upper surface bright green, lower surface paler; reticulum obscure in fresh material, faintly visible in dried condition; petiole 2 to 5 mm long.

Cryptocarya laevigata
Cryptocarya laevigata

Inflorescence—Panicles shorter than leaves. Flowers 3 to 4 mm long, greenish.

Flowering.—October to December.

Fruit—± globose, 15 to 20 mm diam., usually bright red, sometimes yellowish.

Ripe.—January to April.

Cryptocarya laevigata