Tasmannia stipitata— Northern Pepperbush—WINTERACEAE

Tasmannia stipitata

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Habitat—In tall moist eucalypt forest and rainforest, especially Nothofagus moorei forest, the coastal ranges, usually above 1000 m alt.

Distribution— North from Barrington Tops to North East of Tenterfield, common on Dorrigo Plateau in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Shrub 1 to 2.5 m high, branchlets ± glaucous, purplish when young.

Occurrences

Australian National Botanic Gardens Canberra

Leaves.— In pseudo-whorls, entire, oil dots present, narrow–lanceolate to narrow–elliptic, usually 8 to 13 cm long, 10 to 20 mm wide, glabrous, upper surface dark green, lower surface paler; secondary veins forming angle of c. 300 with midvein.

Tasmannia stipitata
Tasmannia stipitata

Inflorescence.—Petals usually 2, 8 to 15 mm long, white. Carpels 2 to 9; ovary c. 2 mm long; stalk of carpel about as long as the ovary

Flowering.—September to November.

Fruit.—Berries ± oblong, 4 to 8 mm long, bluish to mauve; usually 2 to 5 develop, each on stalk 4 to 8 mm long; peduncle 20 to 40 mm long.

Ripe.—Summer

Tasmannia stipitata