Cryptocarya williwilliana— Small-leaved Laurel—LAURACEAE

Cryptocarya williwilliana

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Habitat—Confined to dry rainforest.

Distribution— On limestone in Macleay River valley in New South Wales, from 250–800 m alt.; rare.

Description— Shrub or small tree, often with coppice shoots at base.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens at Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots minute, three−veined from the base, ovate to broad−elliptic, 1.5 to 4 cm long, 5 to 20 mm wide, upper surface glossy, dark green and glabrous, lower surface sparsely hairy when young; secondary veins 2 to 5 pairs, reticulum finely areolate, distinct on dried specimens; petiole 1 to 4 mm long.

Cryptocarya williwilliana

Inflorescence.—Racemes shorter than leaves, 2 mm long, white, silky.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—± globose, 9 to 11 mm diam., black when ripe.

Ripe.—February to April