Common name: corkwood, eye opening tree, poisonous corkwood, poison corkwood, yellow basswood
Duboisia myoporoides R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub or tree to c. 20 m high; bark thick and corky.
Leaves obovate to ± elliptic, occasionally narrow-elliptic, 4–15 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, lamina glabrous, slightly discolorous; petiole 0–3 cm long.
Inflorescences broad-pyramidal. Calyx 1–3 mm long, lobes usually a fifth to a third as long as tube. Corolla 4–7 mm long, white with purple striations in throat; tube 2–4 mm diam. at mouth; lobes 1–3.5 mm long. Stamens 4, sometimes 5, 1.5–3 mm long. Style 1–2 mm long.
Berry usually globose, 4.5–8 mm diam., purple-black; fruiting pedicel 6–12 mm long.
Flowering: mostly winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in high-rainfall areas on the margins of rainforest up to 1000 m alt. and in rainforest regrowth; north from Batemans Bay district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Leaves harvested commercially as source of hyoscine for medicinal drugs. Reported to be toxic to stock and humans if eaten.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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