Elaeodendron australe var. australe —Red Olive Berry, Red Olive Plum.—CELASTRACEAE.

Elaeodendron australe

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Habitat—Grows in tall closed rainforest and open Eucalypt forest dominated by mesophyll understorey species, sometimes in littoral sand-dune communities

Distribution—Form Batemans Bay,New South Wales north to central Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 8 m high, dioecious, glabrous.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Park and Marina, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, opposite or occasionally alternate, toothed, stipules present, obovate to elliptic or oblong, mostly 2.7 to 15 cm long, 0.4 to 7 cm wide, glossy; margin crenate; apex acute to rounded; petiole 4 to 10 mm long.

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Elaeodendron australe

Inflorescence— Few—flowered axillary cymes; peduncle to 12 mm long; pedicel 3 to 7 mm long. Calyx unequally 4—lobed. Corolla of 4 petals, each c. 2.5 mm long, yellowish green. Male flowers with disc 4—angled; stamens 4, inserted on disc margin. Female flowers with staminodes 4, inserted on margin of slightly indented disc; ovary 2—locular.

Flowering.—April to May

Fruit—More or less ellipsoid to oblong-ovoid, fleshy, 10 to 25 mm long, orange—red; seed 1.

Ripe.—August to September.

Elaeodendron australe