Atractocarpus chartaceus —Narrow-leaved Gardenia—RUBIACEAE

Atractocarpus chartaceus

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Habitat—Grows in Subtropical Rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Richmond River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Tall shrub or small tree to c. 3 m high, ± pubescent.

Local occurrences

Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus and Tallwoods.

Leaves.— Simple, margins entire, oil dots absent, mainly opposite or in whorls of 3; lamina mostly narrow—elliptic to oblong—ovate or linear on juvenile plants, mostly 5—15 cm long, 0.5—3 cm wide, apex acute or obtuse, lamina glabrous or minutely hairy on lower surface on young leaves, lateral veins ± straight, ± parallel, prominent; petiole 2—5 mm long.

Atractocarpus chartaceus
Atractocarpus chartaceus

Inflorescence—Flowers usually axillary, solitary or paired; pedicels up to 10 mm long. Calyx c. 6 to 8 mm long, ± hirsute. Corolla white, tube 8 to 9 mm long, lobes usually 5, 10 to 12 mm long, ± glabrous.

Flowering.October to December

Fruit—Fruit ± cylindrical, to 3 cm long, red, crowned by persistent calyx.

Ripe.—January

Atractocarpus chartaceus