Triunia robusta—Glossy Spice Bush—PROTEACEAE

Triunia robusta

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Habitat— In the lower stratum of Subtropical Rainforest

Distribution— Endemic to a small area on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, between Pomona and Woombye, mainly in the Maroochy River catchment area, covering a range of approximately 40 km.

Description— A straggling multistemmed shrub or small tree growing to 4 m.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.—Simple, entire, in whorls of 3 or 4, or in opposite pairs. Leaves are 8 to 16 cm long, glossy, leathery and hairless.

Triunia robusta
Triunia robusta

Inflorescence.— In loose cylindrical spikes, 8 to 10 cm long at the end of branchlets. Flowers are white and fragrant.

Flowering.— October and November. Observed in May.

Fruit.— Globose (spherical) or oval and approximately 4 cm long, reddish.

Ripe.— March to May.

Triunia robusta