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Common name: Scrub Boonaree, Holly Bush
Alectryon diversifolius (F.Muell.) S.T.Reynolds APNI*
Synonyms: Heterodendrum diversifolium F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3 m high.
Leaves simple, often clustered on short branchlets, variable in shape and size, mostly oblanceolate, 1.5–6 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, leathery, stiff and glabrous, apex obtuse or mucronate, base ± attenuate, margins entire or irregularly toothed with a few spinose teeth (especially in juvenile growth); petiole 2–4 mm long.
Flowers solitary, in small clusters or racemes < 25 mm long. Petals absent.
Fruit 1- or 2-lobed, usually 5–10 mm long, 5–15 mm wide, glabrous or finely hairy; seed black, aril red.
Distribution and occurrence: in vine thickets in inland districts north from Warialda or in dry rainforest in Acacia Creek area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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