Sloanea australis subsp. australis—Maiden's Blush, Blush Alder, Blush Carrabeen, Blush Carrobean—ELAEOCARPACEAE

Sloanea australis

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Habitat— Widespread in all types of warmer rainforest, well-developed on richer soils along water courses; from sea-level to the lower ranges.

Distribution— North from Kangaroo Valley, also at higher altitudes on the McPherson Range in New South Wales to North Queensland.

Description— Medium-sized tree, irregularly buttressed, crooked and often with coppice shoots near base of trunk; new foliage often reddish.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— 1-Foliolate, alternate, and toothed; Obovate, 7 to 30 cm long, 3 to 10 cm wide, lamina tapered to base and then expanding towards the junction with the petiole, base ± cordate, margins toothed, both surfaces glabrous, domatia absent; petiole 5 to 30 mm long but usually short and thick.

Sloanea australis
Sloanea australis

Inflorescence.— Peduncles 3 to 5 cm long. Petals 4 or 5, c. 15 mm long, cream. Stamens c. 40.

Flowering.—Spring to summer.

Fruit.—Capsule ± globose to wide—ovoid, c. 12 mm long, bristly, ± woody, opening by 3 to 5 valves; seeds 1 or 2 per valve, covered by a scarlet aril.

Ripe.—January to February.

Sloanea australis