Elaeocarpus obovatus —Hard Quandong, Blueberry Ash, Whitewood—ELAEOCARPACEAE

Elaeocarpus obovatus

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Habitat— Tall tree in lowland Subtropical Rainforest, common small to medium–sized tree in Littoral and Dry Rainforest.

Distribution—North from near Gosford in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Small to tall, strongly buttressed tree.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Goldens Road Wetlands, Karloo Street Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, domatia obvious, lamina usually obovate to oblanceolate, 5 to 10 cm long, 1 to 4 cm wide, ± glabrous, margins usually irregularly and shallowly toothed to entire; domatia as glabrous flaps of tissue, 1 to 5 usually present on most leaves, or rarely domatia absent from some specimens; petiole 5 to 10 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Racemes borne amongst the leaves, mostly 4 to 8 cm long; pedicels 3 to 5 mm long. Petals 4 mm long, each divided into 8 to 16 linear lobes, white. Stamens 14 to 25, anther not awned.


Fruit—Ovoid, c. 10 mm long, blue.


Elaeocarpus obovatus