Common name: cheese tree
Glochidion ferdinandi (Müll.Arg.) F.M.Bailey APNI*
Synonyms: Phyllanthus ferdinandi Müll.Arg. APNI*
Description: Shrub to medium-sized tree.
Leaves elliptic to oblong-elliptic, shortly pointed, mostly 3–10 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide; petiole 3–5 mm long.
Flowers pedicellate in leaf axils, but not on a common peduncle. Perianth 2–3 mm long.
Capsule stalked, solitary in leaf axil, 12–20 mm diam., green turning whitish pink to deep red when ripe; segments opening and exposing a pair of flattened seeds in each loculus; seeds covered by a red aril; ripe Nov.–Feb.
Distribution and occurrence: widespread in coastal districts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. W.A.
Glochidion was previously included in Euphorbiaceae.
Text by T.A. James & G.J. Harden, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1: 400-401 (1990), in Euphorbiaceae.
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Leaves and fruit glabrous. Shrub or tree to 8 m, glabrous||var. ferdinandi|
|Leaves and fruit finely pubescent. Small tree to 6 m, pubescent||var. pubens|
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