Triunia youngiana—Spice Bush, Native Honeysuckle, Red Nut —PROTEACEAE

Triunia youngiana

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Habitat—Widespread in rainforest, especially in ranges.

Distribution— North from Dorrigo in New South Wales and into Queensland..

Description—Shrub or small tree up to 4 m high; bark ± black with prominent whitish lenticels.

Local occurrences

Dorrigo National Park

Leaves.—In whorls of 3 or 4, sometimes opposite, margins toothed, lanceolate to elliptic, 5 to 13 cm long, mostly 15 to 30 mm wide, apex acute to long–acuminate, base cuneate, margins entire or with a few irregular teeth towards apex, upper surface glabrous and dark green, lower surface paler and dull; midvein and secondary veins sunken and visible on upper surface but more conspicuous and raised below; petiole 3 to 5 mm long.

Triunia youngiana
Triunia youngiana

Inflorescence.—Conflorescences 5 to 10 cm long, shortly pedunculate; pedicels clustered, 2 to 5 mm long. Flowers creamy–pink in bud, cream and strongly fragrant at anthesis. Perianth commonly 15 mm long. Gynoecium 18 to 22 mm long.


Fruit.—Globose to ovoid with a prominent groove, 12 to 15 mm diam., red. Fruit highly poisonous


Triunia youngiana