Tasmannia purpurascens— Broad-leaved Pepperbush—WINTERACEAE.

Tasmannia purpurascens

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Habitat—Margins of Cool-temperate Rainforests.

Distribution—Endemic to the Barrington/Gloucester Tops area in New South Wales.

Description— Shrub 1 to 3 m high, apical buds and stems purplish.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops

Leaves.— Oblanceolate to ± obovate, mostly 8 to 18 cm long, 30 to 50 mm wide, apex obtuse, glabrous, both surfaces green and purplish towards base; secondary veins forming angles of c. 450 with midvein; ± sessile, gradually tapered to base.

Inflorescence.—Petals usually 2, 8 to 12 mm long, white. Carpels 2 to 9 per flower. Ovary c. 2 mm long; stalk of carpel much shorter than the ovary.

Flowering.—November.

Fruit.—Berries ovoid to oblong, 10 to 15 mm long, blackish purple; usually 2 to 6 develop, each on stalk 1 to 4 mm long, peduncle 20 to 40 mm long.

Ripe.—Summer.

Tasmannia purpurascens
Tasmannia purpurascens

Inflorescence.—Petals usually 2, 8 to 12 mm long, white. Carpels 2 to 9 per flower. Ovary c. 2 mm long; stalk of carpel much shorter than the ovary.

Flowering.—November.

Fruit.—Berries ovoid to oblong, 10 to 15 mm long, blackish purple; usually 2 to 6 develop, each on stalk 1 to 4 mm long, peduncle 20 to 40 mm long.

Ripe.—Summer.

Tasmannia purpurascens