Symplocos stawellii—White Hazelwood—SYMPLOCACEAE

Symplocos stawellii

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical and warm-temperate rainforest.

Distribution— Shrub or small tree to 17 m high; branchlets finely hairy, terminal buds enclosed in hairy green scales.

Description— North from the Royal National Park Sydney in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, buds scaly, elliptic to oblong–elliptic, mostly 7 to 15 cm long, 20 to 50 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, margins regularly toothed with callus–tipped teeth to ± entire, lamina glabrous, glossy, thick and stiff; midrib often broad and yellowish; petiole 9 to 20 mm long, thick.

Symplocos stawellii
Symplocos stawellii

Inflorescence.—Axillary, spikes, often branched, 2 to 6 cm long, finely hairy or glabrous; flowers sessile; bracts persistent in fruit. Calyx < 1 mm long. Corolla 3 to 4 mm long, whitish. Stamens 25 to 50.

Flowering.—April to July

Fruit.— Ovoid to ellipsoid, 8 to 12 mm long, 2–4 mm diam., blue to black.

Ripe.— Winter to Spring

Symplocos stawellii