Common name: Orangebush, Taper-leaf Orangebark, Orange Boxwood
Denhamia disperma (F.Muell.) M.P.Simmons APNI*
Synonyms: Maytenus disperma (F.Muell.) Loes. APNI*
Description: Tree to 8 m high.
Leaves obovate, oblong-obovate or elliptic, mostly 3–9 cm long, 10–40 mm wide, apex obtuse or acute, base attenuate, margins mostly entire, surfaces glabrous, upper surface glossy when fresh, rather dull when dry; petiole 3–12 mm long.
Racemes 1–3 cm long; pedicels 0.5–4 mm long. Sepals 4, c. 1 mm long. Petals 4, 1.8–2.5 mm long. Stamens 4.
Capsule ± obovoid, compressed, 6–10 mm long, 2-valved; seeds 1 or 2, black, with a thick fleshy yellow aril at base.
Distribution and occurrence: north from Lismore.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Previously included in the genus Maytenus (refer McKenna et al. 2011. Delimitation of the segregate genera of Maytenus s. l. (Celastraceae) based on morphological and molecular characters. Systematic Botany 36(4): 922-932).
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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