Notelaea venosa var. venosa—Veined Mock-olive, Smooth Mock-olive—OLEACEAE.

Notelaea venosa

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Habitat—Grows in or near rainforest, and as an understorey in wet sclerophyll forest, south from the Ballina area in New South Wales.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Bushy shrub or small tree to 6 m high or occasionally to 10 m, often crooked; branches glabrous or minutely pubescent, with conspicuous white lenticels; axillary buds 3 to 5, ± rounded or bluntly pointed, glabrous or rarely hairy.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Booti Hill, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park and Waitui Falls.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, ± hairless, leathery to stiff; leaves lanceolate to ± ovate, 6 to 16 cm long, 2 to 4 cm wide, apex acute, base attenuate into the petiole, margins entire or shallowly crenate especially in upper part, lamina glabrous or slightly pubescent when young; indistinctly punctate; upper surface dull dark green, lower surface paler; petiole 8 to 15 mm long.

Notelaea venosa
Notelaea venosa

Inflorescence——Racemes usually 1 to 3 cm long, 5 to 9—flowered, lengthening to 7 cm in fruit. Calyx c. 0.5mm long. Petals 1 to 2 mm long, yellow or greenish white. Stamens to 2 mm long.

Flowering.Spring to Summer.

Fruit—Drupe ellipsoid to ovoid 15 to 20mm long, purple to blackish

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Notelaea venosa