Cinnamomum oliveri—Oliver's Sassafras, Camphorwood—LAURACEAE

Cinnamomum oliveri

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Habitat—Subtropical and Warm-temperate Rainforests.

Distribution—North from Nowra in New South Wales and North Queensland.

Description—Medium—sized to large tree to 30 m, 75 cm trunk diam. Beautiful thick crown of green foliage. Leaves and fruit have strong sassafras odour.
Trunk: cylindrical, may be flanged, not buttressed.
Bark: grey or brown with thin corky layer, patterned with vertical lines of corky pustules.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Cape Hawke, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, mostly opposite, sometimes alternate, oil dots minute, no domatia, not 3—veined, not glaucous; wavy margins, smooth, lanceolate to narrow elliptic, 8 to 15 cm long, 2 to 3 cm wide, apex drawn out to a blunt point, gradually tapering at base, leathery, upper surface glossy green, lower surface pale grey green with waxy bloom. Leaf stem: 6 to 12 mm. Oil Dots: small, need lens to see. Crushed leaves have a lovely camphor aroma.

Cinnamomum oliveri
Cinnamomum oliveri

Inflorescence— Cream, fragrant, 5 to 6 mm long, on 4 to 5 mm stalks, in downy, whitish, haired panicles.

Flowering.—October to November.

Fruit— Ovoid drupe, 10-13mm long, bluish black, seated in ribbed cup.

Ripe.—February to April.

Cinnamomum oliveri