Elaeocarpus reticulatus —Blueberry Ash, Ash Quandong, Fairy Petticoats—ELAEOCARPACEAE

Elaeocarpus reticulatus

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Habitat— Mostly in gullies or along watercourses, often in tall eucalypt forest or in or near rainforest, from sea-level to the ranges.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— 1—foliolate, alternate, toothed, lamina oblong-elliptic, mostly 5 to 13 cm long, sometimes to 15 cm long, 1 to 3 cm wide, ± glabrous, margins regularly toothed; small domatia present; venation prominently reticulate on both surfaces; petiole 5 to 20 mm long.

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Elaeocarpus reticulatus

Inflorescence—Racemes borne amongst the leaves, mostly 5 to 8 cm long; pedicels 4 to 8 mm long. Petals c. 8 mm long, each divided into 7 to 10 linear lobes, usually white, occasionally pink. Stamens 13 to 15, anthers awned.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit—Ovoid to globose, c. 12 mm long, blue.

Ripe.—January.

Elaeocarpus reticulatus