Randia moorei—Spiny Gardenia—RUTACEAE

Randia moorei

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Habitat—Grows in Subtropical Rainforest.

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

Description—Tall shrub to c. 3 m high, glabrous, axillary spines often present.

Local occurrences

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite with spinose branchlets, ovate to obovate, mostly 2 to 6 cm long, 1 to 3 cm wide, apex acute or bluntly acuminate, base ± rounded, lamina glabrous, lateral veins faint, lower surface often paler and often with domatia in vein axils; petiole 1 to 3 mm long.

Randia moorei
Randia moorei

Inflorescence.—Axillary, usually 2–together on separate peduncles c. 3–7 mm long. Calyx c. 3 to 5 mm long, toothed, glabrous. Corolla tube 5 to 8 mm long, lobes 5, 4 to 5 mm long, ± glabrous.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.— Globose, c. 6 to 9 mm long, orange to blackish, crowned by persistent calyx.

Ripe.—Summer

Randia moorei