Alyxia magnifolia —Large-leaved Alyxia, Large-leaved Chain Fruit—APOCYNACEAE

Alyxia magnifolia

Link to Images on Flickr.

Habitat— In Subtropical and Dry rainforest on poorer soils.

Distribution—North from Blackall Range and Caloundra in Queensland.

Description—Stiff prickly-leaved shrub. Milky latex present in leaves and twigs when cut or broken

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.— Simple, in whorls of 3 or 4, milky latex present, elliptic to obovate, 4 to 15 cm long, apex spinose, margins entire, stiff, hairless, upper surface dark green and with numerous lateral veins, lower surface paler, petiole 2 to 10 mm long.

Alyxia magnifolia
Alyxia magnifolia

Inflorescence—White, fragrant, in terminal heads of 3 to 5 flowers. Calyx lobes 3 to 4 mm long. Corolla tube 6 to 9 mm long, lobes c. 3 mm long, asymmetric. Anthers orange.

Flowering.—October

Fruit.—;With 1 or two segments, segments more or less globose, 1 to 2 cm long, orange having one seed.

Ripe.—Summer

Alyxia magnifolia