Common name: Featherwood
Polyosma cunninghamii Benn. APNI*
Description: Tree to 15 m high, new growth sparsely to densely appressed hairy.
Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, 3–9 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, apex acuminate to acute, base cuneate, margins irregularly toothed with teeth ending in a callus point, lamina ± soft, glabrous, upper surface glossy, lower surface paler, venation more distinct on lower surface; petiole 10–20 mm long.
Racemes shorter than leaves; 2 small bracteoles below each flower. Calyx 1–2 mm long. Corolla tubular, 8–10 mm long, greenish to white.
Berry ovoid, 12–15 mm long, 7–10 mm diam., black, ribbed.
Distribution and occurrence: Chiefly in coastal districts, north from Pebbly Beach (north of Batemans Bay).
Grows in subtropical and warm-temperate rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by GJ Harden (1992); BJ Conn (2012)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol. 3 (1992)
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