Wikstroemia indica—Wikstroemia, Tie bush—THYMELAEACEAE

Wikstroemia indica

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Habitat— In open forest and scrub near the sea, sometimes in rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Illawarra region in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Small tree or shrub, mostly to 1.5 m high, glabrous or branches sparsely hairy, later smooth and shiny. Toxic if eaten; the fruit appears to be more toxic than the leaves.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tern Island, The Islands, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, no stipules or domatia or intramarginal veins, bark on twigs very rough; ovate to elliptic, 2 to 6 cm long, mostly 10 to 20 mm wide, glabrous, upper surface dark green and glossy, lower surface glaucous and dull; petiole 1 to 2 mm long

Wikstroemia indica
Wikstroemia indica

Inflorescence.—Heads terminal, few—flowered. Flowers greenish yellow to white, 8 to 10 mm long.

Flowering.—September to November.

Fruit.— 5 to 8 mm long, red.

Ripe.—December to February

Wikstroemia indica