Common name: Shiny-leaved Canthium, Iamboto
Psydrax odorata (G.Forst.) A.C.Sm. & S.P.Darwin APNI*
Synonyms: Canthium odoratum f. 'Coastal form' APNI*
Description: Small tree or shrub to 8 m high.
Leaves elliptic or obovate, 3–8 cm long, 10–35 mm wide, apex obtuse or bluntly-pointed, medium-textured; venation ± visible on upper surface, obscure on lower surface, upper surface dark green and shiny, lower surface paler, few domatia sometimes present; petiole 2–8 mm long.
Flowers fragrant in dense cymose panicles; pedicels to c. 3 mm long. Calyx 1–1.5 mm long, 4-lobed, glabrous. Corolla white or cream, c. 6 mm long, lobes 4 or 5, twice as long as tube. Stigma ± ovoid.
Drupe compressed-obovoid, c. 7–8 mm wide, black.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry rainforest in coastal districts north from the Hunter Valley, and on rocky slopes and ridges in inland districts, widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS, CWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Qld
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
Taxa not yet included in identification key
Psydrax odorata f. buxifolia
| ||Key to the forms|| |
|1||Young branchlets and inflorescence axes glabrous or subglabrous; domatia present on leaves; leaf blades thick and coriaceous(see couplet 2 for forms of subsp. australiana in NSW)||subsp. australiana|
|Young branchlets and inflorescence axes hairy; domatia usually absent on the leaves; leaf blades thick or thin coriaceous(only f. buxifolia in NSW)||subsp. buxifolia|
|2||Leaf blades pale or dark green, glossy on the upper surface; reticulate veins usually distinct on lower surface; domatia 1–3 on each side of the midrib, prominent or obscure||f. australiana|
|Leaf blades pale or yellowish green, slightly shiny or dull on the upper surface; reticulate veins usually not apparent on the lower surface; domatia 1 or 2 on each side of the midrib, usually small|
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