Common name: New South Wales Christmas-bush, Christmas Bush
Ceratopetalum gummiferum Sm. APNI*
Description: Tall shrub or small tree.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets lanceolate to ovate, usually 3–8 cm long, 0.5–3 cm wide; petiole 10–20 mm long, distinctly channelled above; leaflets sessile; stipules c. 1 mm long.
Inflorescence to 10 cm long. Sepals 2 mm long, enlarging to 12 mm and turning pink to red in fruit. Petals c. 3 mm long.
Flowering: spring, fruits summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in heath or in moist gullies, from Ulladulla to Evans Head; with patchy distribution in NC, mostly on sandstone or old sand dunes. Frequently cultivated.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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