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Strychnos arborea A.W.Hill
Family Loganiaceae
Strychnos arborea A.W.Hill APNI*

Description: Tree to 12 m high; super-axillary spines to 20 mm long, disappearing as growth proceeds; tendrils lacking; stems with appressed hairs < 0.4 mm long.

Leaves with lamina broad-ovate to ovate, 3–6 cm long, 2–4.5 cm wide; lower surface with a few appressed hairs on basal region of main veins; petiole 3–4 mm long.

Inflorescence axillary, 1.5–3 cm long, pubescent. Corolla 3–4 mm long, white; inner surface with a line of long ± erect hairs at mouth; lobes thickened. Stamens inserted about half-way down tube.

Fruit globose, c. 10 mm diam., orange-red, surface smooth; seeds 1 or rarely 2, circular, c. 8 mm diam., glabrous.


Flowering: November–February

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry rainforest; recorded north from Ramornie (Grafton district).
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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