Psychotria loniceroides—Hairy Psychotria—RUBIACEAE.

Psychotria loniceroides

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Habitat—Grows in warmer rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest; widespread.

Distribution—North from Bega district in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description— Shrub or small tree to c. 5 m high; young growth, leaves and inflorescence with white or rusty hairs.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Copeland, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Stephen Street Reserve, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, without oil dots, domatia present, densely hairy, mostly ovate, elliptic to oblong or oblanceolate, mostly 4.5 to 14.5 cm long, 15 to 50 mm wide, apex shortly acuminate or acute, margins ± sinuate or irregular, lamina softly hairy, lateral veins prominent, domatia often present; petiole 2 to 23 mm long.

Psychotria loniceroides
Psychotria loniceroides

Inflorescence.—Sessile in terminal heads at ends of branches. Calyx 1.5 to 2 mm long. Corolla 4 to 5 mm long, white; lobes usually 5, up to as long as tube.

Flowering.—Summer.

Fruit.—Ellipsoid, 6 to 8 mm long, whitish to yellowish, crowned by persistent calyx, longitudinally ribbed and furrowed.

Ripe.—February to March.

Psychotria loniceroides