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Erythroxylum australe F.Muell.
Family Erythroxylaceae
Erythroxylum australe F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Divaricate shrub, usually 1–3 m high, or rarely a small tree to 4.5 m high, glabrous; branches reddish brown, with annular scars from fallen stipules.

Leaves obovate to narrow-oblanceolate or elliptic, 1–4 cm long, 4–14 mm wide, apex obtuse and often emarginate, base cuneate, margins entire, surfaces glabrous, lower surface paler and with prominent secondary veins; petiole 4–10 mm long; stipules small.

Flowers solitary or paired; pedicels 4–10 mm long. Sepals c. 1 mm long. Petals c. 2.5 mm long, white; basal appendage c. 1 mm long.

Drupe obovoid, 5–7 mm long, 3–4 mm diam., red.


Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry rainforest and vine thickets, north from Acacia Creek (McPherson Ra.), rare in N.S.W.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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