Common name: Giant Ironwood, Ironwood Box
Choricarpia subargentea (C.T.White) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Tree with orange to brown smooth bark shedding in thin scales; young shoots and inflorescences rusty-tomentose.
Leaves with lamina elliptic to ovate, 5–11 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, apex acute or acuminate, margins entire to minutely crenate, upper surface green and glossy, lower surface paler and usually silvery; oil glands very numerous, prominent; petiole 4–8 mm long.
Peduncles 4–10 mm long. Flowers cream. Petals absent. Stamens 2–4 mm long, tomentose.
Fruit c. 2 mm long, fused at the base; heads c. 6 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually forms dense thickets in regrowth in dry rainforest; only known in N.S.W. from near Mullumbimby.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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