Ochrosia moorei—Southern Ochrosia—APOCYNACEAE

Ochrosia moorei

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Habitat—In Subtropical Rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Richmond River and Tweed River districts in New South Wales and into Queensland; not common.

Description— Erect shrub or small tree to 9 m high, shoots glabrous; terminal leaf buds enclosed in a sticky exudate.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.—Simple opposite or in whorls, entire, oblanceolate to narrow–oblanceolate, 6 to 18 cm long, 18 to 40 mm wide, apex acuminate, gradually tapering to the base, lamina soft, with 16 to 40 pairs secondary veins, upper surface dark green and glossy, lower surface paler; petiole 2 to 14 mm long, green.

Ochrosia moorei
Ochrosia moorei

Inflorescence.—White, c. 14 mm diam. Calyx c. 3 mm long. Corolla tube c. 8 mm long; white

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Drupes ± ellipsoid to ovoid, 4 to 8 cm long, 20 to 25 mm diam., bright red, the endocarp hard, with smooth fine grooves or shallow ribs.

Ripe.—Autumn

Ochrosia moorei