Psydrax odorata subsp. australiana—Shiny-leaved Canthium, Iamboto—RUBIACEAE.

Psydrax odorata

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Habitat—Grows in dry rainforest in coastal districts, and on rocky slopes and ridges in inland districts, widespread.

Distribution—North from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and into Queensland.

Description—Small tree or shrub to 8 m high.

Local occurrences

Black Head.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, without distinct oil dots, stipules present with domatia or sometimes absent, elliptic or obovate, 3 to 8 cm long, 10 to 35 mm wide, apex obtuse or bluntly—pointed, medium—textured; venation ± visible on upper surface, obscure on lower surface, upper surface dark green and shiny, lower surface paler, few domatia sometimes present; petiole 2 to 8 mm long.

Psydrax odorata
Psydrax odorata

Inflorescence.—Flowers fragrant in dense cymose panicles; pedicels to c. 3 mm long. Calyx 1 to 1.5 mm long, 4—lobed, glabrous. Corolla white or cream, c. 6 mm long, lobes 4 or 5, twice as long as tube. Stigma ± ovoid

Flowering.—Spring.

Fruit.—Drupe compressed—obovoid, c. 7 to 8 mm wide, black.

Ripe.—Summer.

Psydrax odorata