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Common name: Bleeding Heart, Native Poplar
Homalanthus populifolius Graham APNI*
Synonyms: Omalanthus populifolius Graham APNI*
Description: Bushy shrub or small tree to 6 m high, with young stems and petioles exuding a whitish sap.
Leaves with lamina ± ovate, 3–15 cm long, 3–12 cm wide, with 1 or 2 basal glands; both surfaces glabrous, lower surface often greyish; petiole 3–12 cm long; stipules 10–20 mm long.
Bracts subtending female flowers or clusters of male flowers with 2 large glands at base.
Capsule 8–10 mm wide, smooth; seeds partly covered by a fleshy aril; fruits Dec.-Mar.
Distribution and occurrence: Common in regrowth or on margins of most types of rainforest, also in moist situations in eucalypt forest; widespread in coastal areas, also on the ranges; north from Nadgee.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: H.J. Esser (1997)
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