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Common name: coachwood
Ceratopetalum apetalum D.Don APNI*
Description: Medium-sized tree with smooth whitish bark blotched with grey and white lichens and with distinctive horizontal lines encircling the trunk.
Leaves 1-foliolate, lamina elliptic to oblong, mostly 6–12 cm long, 2–5 cm wide; petiole usually 10–20 mm long; stipules 3–5 mm long.
Inflorescence to 12 cm long. Sepals enlarging to 8 mm long and pink in fruit. Petals absent.
Flowering: spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in warm-temperate rainforest on poorer soils, also in cool-temperate and occasionally subtropical rainforest; from Batemans Bay district to the McPherson Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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