Petalostigma pubescens— Bitter Bark, Strychnine Tree, Native Quince.—PICRODENDRACEAE.

Petalostigma pubescens

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Habitat—Grows in Dry Rainforest or in open forest.

Distribution— North from Ramornie on the Clarence River in New South Wales and into Queensland. Also in Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 10 m high.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire with coloured hairs below, ovate to ± circular, 2 to 6 cm long, 1 to 2.5 cm wide, margins ± entire, upper surface dark green; lower surface grey and finely pubescent with long and short hairs; petiole 3 to 8 mm long, hairy.

Petalostigma pubescens
Petalostigma pubescens

Inflorescence.—Male flowers in clusters of 3 or 4, female flowers solitary, creamy—fawn.

Flowering.—March to May.

Fruit.—Fruit 12 to 17 mm diam., pubescent, mostly 4—locular, orange—yellow.

Ripe.—April to November.

Petalostigma pubescens