Common name: Rusty Plum, Plum Boxwood
Niemeyera whitei (Aubrév.) Jessup APNI*
Synonyms: Amorphospermum whitei Aubrév. APNI*
Niemeyera prunifera auct. non (F.Muell.) F.Muell. APNI*
Chrysophyllum pruniferum auct. non F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Small to medium-sized tree.
Leaves oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate, 5–15 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, shortly tapering to a pointed apex, lower surface paler, young shoots rusty-hairy, secondary veins curved, 15–20 pairs prominently raised and rusty-hairy below, tertiary veins ± at right angles to and joining secondary veins, fine venation reticulate; petiole 5–10 mm long.
Fruit 2–5 cm diam., red turning purple-black; seed globose, 2–3 cm diam., brown, with a raised elliptic scar; ripe spring.
Distribution and occurrence: North from the upper Macleay R., also recorded for the Port Macquarie district.
In littoral and warm-temperate rainforest;
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Listed as Vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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