Tasmannia lanceolata—Mountain Pepper—WINTERACEAE

Tasmannia lanceolata

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Habitat—In Cool-temperate Rainforest and tall Eucalypt Forest

Distribution— North from Tasmania to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Description— Bushy shrub 1 to 4 meters high

Local occurrences

Australian National Botanic Gardens Canberra

Leaves.—In whorls, entire with fine oil dots. Leaves narrow–oblanceolate, 4 to 8 cm long and 0.8 to 1.7 cm wide, apex gradually tapering to a point, base narrowed, hairless, thin but firm, upper surface green lower surface paler; secondary veins making very acute angles with midvein; ± aromatic when crushed.

Tasmannia lanceolata
Tasmannia lanceolata

Inflorescence.—Petals mostly 4, 3 to 5 mm long, white. Female flowers with mostly 1, rarely 2 or 3, sessile carpels

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Berries ± globose, c. 5 mm diam., purplish, sessile and usually solitary on peduncle 7 to 15 mm long.

Ripe.—April

Tasmannia lanceolata