Trochocarpa laurina—Tree Heath, Axebreaker, Sandberry—ERICACEAE Subfamily STYPHELIOIDEAE

Trochocarpa laurina

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Habitat—Grows in wet sclerophyll forest, warm-temperate rainforest to 800 m alt. and littoral rainforest.

Distribution—North from Bermagui in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description— Compact shrub to crooked tree to 13 m high, glabrous; bark grey to brownish black, corky, finely fissured to platy.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Elizabeth Beach, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple with 5 to 7 main veins, in pseudo–whorls or alternate, petioles short, new growth pink; elliptic to broad-elliptic, 5 to 7 cm long, 20 to 30 mm wide, apex acuminate, lamina with 5 to 7 ± longitudinal veins, upper surface glossy and dark green, lower surface paler, petiole 3 to 6 mm long, sometimes sparsely hairy.

Trochocarpa laurina
Trochocarpa laurina

Inflorescence.—Solitary or clustered in slender interrupted, chiefly terminal spikes, 20 to 40 mm long, white; bracteoles c. 0.4 mm long. Sepals c. 1 mm long. Corolla tube 2 to 3 mm long; lobes erect, lobes and throat bearded.

Flowering.—December to January.

Fruit.— 6 to 8 mm diam., ribbed when dry, purple to black.

Ripe.—June to September.

Trochocarpa laurina