Streblus brunonianus— Whalebone Tree—MORACEAE.

Streblus brunonianus

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Habitat— In warmer rainforest, chiefly along watercourses.

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

Description—Tall shrub or tree, branches with raised lenticels and transverse ridges left by fallen stipules, bark tough; milky latex exudes from broken stems but often sparse.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Dixon Property, One Mile Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, leaves rough to touch; elliptic or ovate to lanceolate, usually 1 to 7 cm long and 1 to 4 cm wide, (juvenile leaves to 15 cm long, often narrow and lobed at base) margins regularly toothed, upper surface scabrous; petiole 3 to 8 mm long.

Streblus brunonianus
Streblus brunonianus

Inflorescence.— In spikes from Leaf axils, Dioecious.

Male Inflorescence.—Spikes white to cream

Female Inflorescence—Female in spikes or clusters with 3 or 4 flowers. Perianth c. 1 mm long.

Flowering.—September to May.

Streblus brunonianus

Fruit.—Drupe ovoid, 4 to 6 mm long with round pale coloured seeds 3 mm in diameter.

Ripe.—January to May