Common name: coffee bush
Breynia oblongifolia Müll.Arg. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3 m high.
Leaves 2-ranked and pseudopinnate, elliptic to oblong, 2–3 cm long, mostly 10–15 mm wide, apex rounded, upper surface green, drying black; lower surface paler green; petiole 1–3 mm long; stipules small.
Peduncles c. 1 cm long, drooping.
Berry ± globose, c. 6 mm diam., orange to pinkish, turning black with age; fruits summer to autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: widespread in or near warmer rainforest, also in moist areas in woodland and eucalypt forest; north from Merimbula.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Breynia was formerly placed in Euphorbiaceae.
Text by T.A. James & G.J. Harden, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1: 401 (1990), in Euphorbiaceae.
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)
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