Litsea australis— Southern Brown Bolly Gum, Brown Bolly Gum—LAURACEAE.

Litsea australis

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Habitat—Grows in warmer rainforest on the coast and lower ranges, especially common in littoral rainforest.

Distribution—North from Tiona Park near Forster in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Tree to 20 m, older trees with scaly bark marked by depressions

Local occurrences

Black Head Flora Park, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Saltwater National Park and Tiona Booti Booti National Park.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots minute, no domatia, not 3—veined, not glaucous; narrow—elliptic to oblanceolate, usually 6 to 14 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, apex obtuse or bluntly pointed, margins opaque, lower surface hairy, secondary veins prominently raised below and extending nearly to margins; petiole 10 to 15 mm long.

Litsea australis
Litsea australis

Inflorescence—Umbels clustered, peduncle 3 to 10 mm long; bracts enclosing flowers densely hairy. Flowers ca 3 mm long.

Flowering.—September to November

Fruit—Commonly 15 mm long, purple to black, often only one formed from each inflorescence.

Ripe.—Summer.

Litsea australis