Phaleria clerodendron—Scented Daphne, Rosy Apple—THYMELACACEAE

Phaleria clerodendron

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Habitat— Grows in well developed lowland and upland Rainforest.

Distribution— Occurs in Northern Territory and North East Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 900 m.

Description— Small or medium–sized tree. Occasionally flowers and fruits as a shrub. Bark extremely strong and fibrous when stripped.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.—Simple, opposite, entire, lanceolate or ovate, about 5 to 6.5 x 1.5 to 2 cm, glabrous. Apex acuminate, base cuneate, seedling completely glabrous. Cataphylls sometimes occur among true leaves.

Phaleria clerodendron
Phaleria clerodendron

Inflorescence.— Pleasantly perfumed, white. Perianth petaloid. Perianth tube (hypanthium) much longer than the lobes, tube about 25 mm long, lobes about 4 to 5 mm long. Stamens eight in two whorls of four, one above the other on the perianth tube (hypanthium), the upper whorl opposite the lobes. Stigma capitate, thicker than the style.

Flowering.—Occur sporadically throughout the year. Observed in January, February and May.

Fruit.— Globular or depressed globular, sometimes laterally compressed, about 25 to 35 x 35 to 50 mm. Endocarp somewhat fibrous. Seeds variable up to about 20 by 17 mm. Fruit borne on the trunk and larger branches.

Ripe.— Occur sporadically throughout the year. Observed ripe in February.

Phaleria clerodendron