Common name: Scrub Turpentine, Brown Malletwood
Rhodamnia rubescens (Benth.) Miq. APNI*
Synonyms: Rhodamnia trinervia (Sm.) Blume APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 25 m high, bark reddish brown, fissured; young stems densely tomentose.
Leaves with lamina ovate to elliptic, 5–10 cm long, 2–4.5 cm wide, shortly acuminate, base cuneate to rounded, upper surface green and sparsely hairy, lower surface paler and sparsely to densely hairy with erect hairs; strongly 3-veined from base, lateral veins transverse; oil glands distinct, moderately dense; petiole 4–9 mm long.
Inflorescences 1–3 per axil, each usually 3-flowered; peduncle 5–22 mm long. Hypanthium sparsely pubescent. Sepals 2–3 mm long, caducous. Petals 4–6 mm diam., white. Stamens 3–5 mm long. Style 4–5 mm long.
Fruit globose, 5–8 mm diam., red turning black.
Flowering: late winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in warmer rainforest and on rainforest margins, mainly coastal; north from Batemans Bay.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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