Symplocos thwaitesii— Buff Hazelwood—SYMPLOCACEAE.

Symplocos thwaitesii

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical and warm—temperate rainforest, widespread but not common.

Distribution— Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 15 m high; branchlets glabrous, terminal buds enclosed in glabrous green scales.

Local occurrences

Cape Hawke, Cellito, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, terminal buds scaly, oblanceolate to narrow—elliptic, mostly 10 to 17 cm long, 30 to 60 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate, margins irregularly toothed (especially in upper half) with callus—tipped teeth to ± entire, lamina glabrous, glossy, thick and stiff, midrib often broad and yellowish; petiole 6 to 13 mm long, thick.

Symplocos thwaitesii
Symplocos thwaitesii

Inflorescence.—Axillary, basally branched, spikes, racemes or panicles, 5 to 15 cm long, glabrous; pedicels 0 to 8 mm long; bracts not persistent in fruit. Calyx 1.5 to 2 mm long. Corolla 6 to 7 mm long, white. Stamens c. 100.

Flowering.—September to December.

Fruit.—± ovoid, 5 to 12 mm long, 4 to 7 mm diam., purple to black.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Symplocos thwaitesii