Common name: Red Berrywood, Bloodhorn
Ochrosia elliptica Labill. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 4 m tall, glabrous.
Leaves in whorls of 3, glossy, elliptic to slightly oblanceolate, 5–14 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, attenuate to petiole, obtuse to rounded, rarely very slightly and shortly acuminate; venation of numerous, parallel, secondary veins linking to a strong marginal vein; petiole 0.5–2 cm long.
Inflorescence axillary, subterminal, a dense, few-flowered cyme; peduncle 2–7 cm long. Calyx tube and lobes each c. 1 mm long. Corolla white; tube 9–10 mm long; lobes narrowly oblong, 6–7 mm long.
Fruit a pair of ellipsoidal drupes, 3–4 cm long, pointed at both ends, with a longitudinal ridge along both sides, red.
Flowering: Flowers November–early April
Distribution and occurrence: A relatively common plant at lower altitudes, especially on sandy soils near the coast on Lord Howe Island. Also known from Australia (coastal Qld), New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by K.D. Hill
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