Tasmannia glaucifolia—Fragrant Pepperbush—WINTERACEAE

Tasmannia glaucifolia

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Habitat—Grows along small creeks or drainage lines, near or along the edge of Nothofagus moorei Rainforest, between 1200 and 1550 m alt.

Distribution— Only known from the Barrington Tops, Ben Hall's Gap and Point Lookout areas in New South Wales.

Description—Shrub 2 to 3 m high, bushy, with glossy maroon branchlets.

Local occurrences

Polblue Swamp, Barrington Tops National Park

Leaves.— Simple, whorled, margins entire, fine translucent dots present, oblanceolate, usually 4 to 6 cm long, 4 to 15 mm wide, lower surface glaucous and densely papillose.

Tasmannia glaucifolia
Tasmannia glaucifolia

Inflorescence.—Commonly 5 mm diam. Petals absent. Carpels 2 or 3, sessile.

Flowering.— November to December

Fruit.—Berries globose to ovoid, commonly 5 mm diam., glossy, deep purple-black, 1 to 3 sessile on peduncle usually 5 to 10 mm long.

Ripe.—Late February to March

Tasmannia glaucifolia