Common name: rough-leaved elm, native elm, axehandle wood
Aphananthe philippinensis Planch. APNI*
Description: Shrub or tree to c. 20 m high.
Leaves mostly elliptic to ovate, rarely obovate, usually 3–5 cm long and 15–30 mm wide, juvenile leaves to 10 cm long, apex and teeth spinose, teeth usually small and irregular in adult leaves, more prominent in juveniles, lamina dark green, stiff and scabrous, main veins raised; petiole 3–5 mm long.
Cymes c. 5 mm diam., shorter than the leaves.
Drupe ovoid, 8–10 mm long, green turning yellow and soft at maturity; ripe autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: In subtropical and dry rainforest, often along streams or on alluvial flats; north from the Manning R.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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