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Common name: Whalebone Tree
Streblus brunonianus (Endl.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Tall shrub or tree, branches with raised lenticels and transverse ridges left by fallen stipules, bark tough; milky latex exudes from broken stems but often sparse.
Leaves elliptic or ovate to lanceolate, usually 1–7 cm long and 1–4 cm wide, (juvenile leaves to 15 cm long, often narrow and lobed at base) margins regularly toothed, upper surface scabrous; petiole 3–8 mm long.
Male spikes 1–4 cm long, female spikes with 3 or 4 flowers. Perianth c. 1 mm long.
Drupe ovoid, c. 6 mm long, yellow to red; ripe Jan.-Apr.
Distribution and occurrence: In warmer rainforest, chiefly along watercourses, north from Milton.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Streblus pendulinus was incorrectly included in the synonymy of this species. However, the former species is now regarded as restricted to Norfolk Island.
Text by Barry J Conn (2015)
Taxon concept: G. J. Harden, Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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