Petalostigma triloculare—Long-leaved Bitter Bark—PICRODENDRACEAE

Petalostigma triloculare

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Habitat— In Open Forest and on the margins of Dry Rainforest, sometimes in Subtropical Rainforest.

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

Description— Small Tree

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, upper surface ±hairless, lower surface with white or coloured hairs. Leaves narrow–elliptic, 4.5 to 8 cm long, apex drawn out to a point, base tapered, upper surface dark green and glossy with the midrib and lateral veins obovious, lower surface dull and greyish with a covering of fine hairs; petiole 4 to 7 mm long, hairy. Branchlets and leaf buds grey–brown, hairy.

Petalostigma triloculare
Petalostigma triloculare

Inflorescence.—Male flowers in clusters of 3 to 5, female flowers solitary, whitish.

Flowering.— Autumn to Winter.

Fruit.—10 to 18 mm diam., ± glabrous, mostly 3–locular, reddish to orange–brown.

Ripe.—March to October

Petalostigma triloculare