Backhousia sciadophora —Shatterwood, lronwood, Boomerang Tree, Curracabark.—MYRTACEAE.

Backhousia sciadophora

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Habitat—The drier phases of rainforest in gorges and on steep slopes on sedimentary soils.

Distribution—From Dungog to Kilcoy, Queensland.

Description—A small tree with a handsome crown of dark glossy—green leaves attaiing a height of 30 m and a stem diameter of 80 cm. An excellent host tree for epiphytes.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Copeland, Dixon Property, One Mile Beach, Waitui Falls and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, intramarginal vein, oil dots large, entire, glabrous, broadly ovate or elliptical, 5 to 10 cm long, with a short rounded point or sometimes notched at the tip. Upper surface glossy dark green, paler on the underside. Oil dots small, numerous, pellucid. Odourless. Leaf stalks very short, 3 mm long.

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Inflorescence—White, small, numerous in axillary clusters or umbel-like cymes on a common peduncle from 10 to 45 mm long, pedicels slender up to 13 mm long. Calyx tube glabrous, bell—shaped. Lobes rounded and short.

Flowering.—November to December.

Fruit—Capsule, brown (when ripe), bell—shaped, 5 mm or a little over in diameter including the five persistent calyx lobes, 2 mm long. Ovary enclosed in a domed four or five—celled calyx tube. Seeds five to eight in each fruit, oval, 1 mm long, golden brown.

Ripe.—May to August

Backhousia sciadophora