Alphitonia excelsa —Red Ash—RHAMNACEAE

Alphitonia excelsa

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Habitat—On the margin of warmer rainforest (Subtropical, Dry and Littoral) on the coast north from Mt Dromedary, also in scrub and open forest, often in sheltered gullies or on steep slopes.

Distribution— North from Denman and west to the Pilliga Scrub and Yetman district in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Small to medium-sized tree to 35 meters with buds and young stems grey to golden-brown hairy.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, white hairs below, ±hairless above, elliptic or ovate to oblong, mostly 5—14 cm long, 2—5 cm wide, dark green, glossy and finely reticulate above, densely white—hairy below with the veins raised and brownish green; petiole 5—10 mm long: stipules 2—10 mm long

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Inflorescence.— Small, creamish green in large clusters, fragrant in the evening.

Flowering.—Late Autumn, May

Fruit— Ovoid to globose, 5—10 mm diam., black. Seeds in pairs, red.

Ripe.—October to November

Alphitonia excelsa