Common name: Dovewood, Native Holly
Alchornea ilicifolia (J.Sm.) Müll.Arg. APNI*
Synonyms: Coelebogyne ilicifolia J.Sm. APNI*
Description: Small tree or more often a straggling shrub to 6 m high.
Leaves broad-elliptic to rhombic or obovate, mostly 2–8 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, stiff, prominently veined, margins with 2–4 pairs of spine-tipped teeth, glabrous; petiole 1–3 mm long.
Flower spikes to c. 3 cm long, greenish. Perianth 1–1.5 mm long.
Capsule c. 7 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in drier rainforest or on the boundary of open forest, from the coast to the escarpment ranges and upper Hunter Valley; north from the Illawarra region.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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