Common name: Pink Cherry, Hairybark
Austrobuxus swainii (Beuzev. & C.T.White) Airy Shaw APNI*
Synonyms: Longetia swainii Beuzev. & C.T.White APNI*
Description: Tree to 40 m with bark light grey to brown, scaly; young shoots rusty-pubescent.
Leaves lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, usually 7–14 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, soft but firm, ± glabrous; apex blunt, sometimes notched; margin finely toothed to ± crenate; old leaves often turning red before falling; petiole c. 1 cm long.
Inflorescence c. 2–3 cm long. Perianth segments c. 1 mm long.
Capsule ovoid, c. 12 mm long, brown to black; seeds brown with a yellow fibrous aril.
Distribution and occurrence: in rainforest on the coastal ranges from the Bellinger River to Springbrook (Qld), especially common in the Dorrigo area.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RCa
Austrobuxus was formerly placed in Euphorbiaceae.
Text by T.A. James & G.J. Harden, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1: 401 (1990), in Euphorbiaceae; revised May 2017.
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)
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