Strychnos psilosperma—Strychnine Tree—LOGANIACEAE

Strychnos psilosperma

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Habitat— In Dry Rainforest and Vine thickets.

Distribution— North from Copmanhurst in New South Wales and west to Carnarvon National Park in Queensland.

Description— Tall shrub or small tree.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire with axillary spines. Leaves broad–ovate or broad–elliptic, 3.5 to 7 cm long, apex shortly pointed, margins entire, hairless, upper surface glossy to dull, lower surface glossy, 3 to 5–veined from the base; petiole 3 to 4 mm long. Latex absent. Buds with small scales. Spines slender, axillary, to 2.5 cm long, present or sometimes absent.

Strychnos psilosperma
Strychnos psilosperma

Inflorescence.— Axillary, 1.5 to 3 cm long, pubescent. Corolla 3 to 4 mm long, white; inner surface with a line of long ± erect hairs at mouth; lobes thickened. Stamens inserted about half–way down tube

Flowering.—November to February

Fruit.—A berry, globose, 0.6 to 1 cm diam; orange to red.

Ripe.—February to May.

Strychnos psilosperma