Acronychia littoralis — Scented Acronychia —RUTACEAE

Acronychia littoralis

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Habitat—Grows in littoral rainforest on sand; rare and endangered.

Distribution—From Port Macquarie to Fraser Island Queensland.

Description—Small tree to 6 m high, ± glabrous. Trunk usually straight, cylindrical, branching close to the ground. Bark grey, smooth often rough at the base.

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park and Tallwoods

Leaves.— 1—foliolate, opposite, oil dots numerous, lamina broad—elliptic to broad—obovate, 5 to 16 cm long, 3 to 6.5 cm wide, apex rounded to obtuse and often notched, base usually cuneate, glabrous, upper surface green and moderately glossy, lower surface paler, oil dots numerous, pleasantly aromatic when crushed; petiole 10 to 25 mm long, those of young leaves strongly glaucous when dried.

Acronychia littoralis
Acronychia littoralis

Inflorescence.—Several-flowered, 4 to 5.5 cm long. Sepals c. 2.5 mm long. Petals c. 9 mm long, creamy—yellowish.

Flowering.—January to February

Fruit—Fruit a drupe, broad—ovoid, 10 to 20 mm diam., glabrous, 4—lobed with 4 shallow apical fissures with one black seed in each, creamy—lemon. Lemony taste and smell

Ripe.—May to August

Acronychia littoralis