Common name: Narrow-leaved Orangebark, Orange Bush, Orange Bark
Maytenus silvestris Lander & L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Shrub to 4.5 m high.
Leaves narrow-elliptic to lanceolate or oblanceolate, mostly 1–8 cm long, 2–15 mm wide, apex acuminate, mucronate or acute, base attenuate, margins toothed or entire, surfaces glabrous; petiole 1–2 mm long.
Flowers solitary, clustered or in short racemes; pedicels 5–10 mm long. Sepals 5. Petals 5, 1.5–2 mm long.
Capsule globose to obovoid, 3.5–8 mm long, orange, 2-valved; seeds 1–4, surrounded by an aril.
Flowering: mostly Oct.–Dec.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rainforest and moist eucalypt forest, north from Camden and the Illawarra region.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Intergrades between this species and <M. bilocularis have been recorded from the NC & NT; these plants differ from M. silvestris in their broader leaves.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.