Tristaniopsis laurina—Water Gum, Kanooka, Kanuka—MYRTACEAE.

Tristaniopsis laurina

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest and sclerophyll forest; widespread on the coast and ranges, usually along banks of streams.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Tree up to 30 m tall with smooth, pale bark shedding in strips.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Dixon Property, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, One Mile Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots medium–sized to large; oblanceolate to narrow—oblanceolate, usually 6.5 to 12 cm long, 15 to 30 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, upper surface dark green and glabrous, lower surface greyish white and pilose; oil glands scattered; petiole 3 to 8 mm long.

Tristaniopsis laurina
Tristaniopsis laurina

Inflorescence.—7 to 15—flowered dichasia. Sepals triangular. Petals obovate, 4 to 5 mm long, 3 to 4 mm wide, yellow. Stamens mostly 12 to 20 per fascicle, shorter than the petals.

Flowering.—December to January.

Fruit.—Capsule 6 to 10 mm long, 4 to 6 mm diam.; seeds winged, 5 to 6 mm long.


Tristaniopsis laurina