Nestegis ligustrina—Privet Mock-olive, Silkwood—OLEACEAE

Nestegis ligustrina

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Habitat—North from Tasmania into Victoria and to the Tuross River and Khancoban in New South Wales.

Distribution—Grows in warm and cool–temperate rainforest on the coastal ranges.

Description—Tall shrub or small tree to 16 m high, trunk diam. to 80 cm.

Local occurrences

National Botanic Gardens Canberra

Leaves.—Simple, opposite, entire, linear–lanceolate to broad–lanceolate, 3 to 10 cm long, 10 to 25 mm wide, apex blunt, base tapering, margins entire, thick, both surfaces dull and glabrous, upper surface dark green, lower surface paler; petiole 2 to 5 mm long.

Nestegis ligustrina
Nestegis ligustrina

Inflorescence.—Racemes 3 to 4 cm long; pedicels 3 to 4 mm long. Calyx c. 0.5 mm long. Petals c. 1 mm long, yellow–green.

Flowering.—January to April

Fruit.—Drupe globose, 6 to 10 mm long, white, pink, to dark purple–black.

Ripe.—Autumn to Winter