Common name: Blue Plum
Chionanthus quadristamineus F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Evergreen tree to 15 m tall; bark grey.
Leaves somewhat coriaceous, broadly elliptic to almost oblanceolate or narrowly obovate, 5–12 cm long, 3–6 cm wide, attenuate onto petiole, entire, abruptly acuminate; petiole 5–10 mm long, stout.
Inflorescence axillary, decussate-cymose, 2–4 cm long, c. 7–12-flowered. Calyx shallow, less than 1 mm long; lobes broadly, bluntly triangular. Corolla green; lobes oblanceolate, 2 mm long. Stamens 4, subsessil e; anthers ellipsoidal, 2 mm long. Ovary conical; style barely differentiated; stigma lobes small, shallow.
Drupe ovoid-ellipsoidal, 5.5–6 cm long, with thin flesh, dark blue.
Flowering: Flowers late November–May.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic on Lord Howe Island. Common in the forests around the southern mountains from sea-level to c. 400 m altitude
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by K.D. Hill
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