Cryptocarya obovata—Pepperberry Tree, White Walnut.—LAURACEAE

Cryptocarya obovata

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Habitat—Subtropical Rainforests

Distribution—Wyong, New South Wales to Maryborough, Queensland.

Description—Large tree to 40 m tall by 90 cm stem diam.; crown has rusty brown appearance when viewed from below.
Trunk: tall, straight, cylindrical, often buttressed at base.
Bark: brown, usually smooth with vertical lenticels.
Large old trees may be darker grey and wrinkled.
Branchlets: covered in brown velvety down.
Young shoots & buds: velvety hairy with brown hairs.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire with minute oil dots, leaves glaucous below, oblong to obovate, 6 to 13 cm long, apex rounded or bluntly pointed, base tapered and shortly rounded; (Juvenile leaves more pointed and to 18cm long.) upper surface glossy and hairless, lower surface dull, ashy grey—green and mostly finely rusty hairy.
Leaf stem: brown, 3 to 8 mm long.
Venation: prominent, midrib, lateral and net veins are finely rusty hairy. Main lateral veins 4 to 8 pair at 45° to midrib.

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Inflorescence— Cream, in panicles, in the forks of leaves or at ends of branches. Individual flowers small, 3 mm long, finely downy.

Flowering.—February to May.

Fruit— A drupe, globose, usually ribbed,10 to 12 mm, flesh covers an 8 mm seed.

Ripe.—March to May

Cryptocarya obovata