Doryphora sassafras— Sassafras—ATHEROSPERMATACEAE

Doryphora sassafras

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Habitat— Widespread on the coast and ranges. Common in Warm-temperate, Cool-temperate and sometimes in Subtropical Rainforests.

Distribution—North from the Bega district, New South Wales and to Conondale Range, Queensland.

Description—Medium sizes to Large tree with young shoots and inflorescences silky-pubescent

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Cape Hawke, Dorrigo National Park and Sea Acres National Park.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, hairless, stiff to leathery; elliptic to lanceolate or ovate, usually 3 to 10 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, margins shallowly to deeply toothed, glabrous and glossy, with a pleasant `sassafras' scent when crushed; petiole 5 to 15 mm long.

Doryphora sassafras
Doryphora sassafras

Inflorescence—3—merous. Perianth segments 6, 10 mm long, whitish. Androecium usually 4—seriate, an outer whorl of 6 stamens, and 2 or 3 inner whorls of staminodes. Carpels usually 8 to 12. Receptacle 10 to 20 mm long, glabrous, fruit c. 10 mm long, hairy.


Fruit—Hairy, enclosed in an enlarged receptacle.


Doryphora sassafras