Common name: Spice Bush, Native Honeysuckle, Red Nut
Triunia youngiana (C.Moore & F.Muell.) L.A.S.Johnson & B.G.Briggs APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree up to 4 m high; bark ± black with prominent whitish lenticels.
Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, 5–13 cm long, mostly 15–30 mm wide, apex acute to long-acuminate, base cuneate, margins entire or with a few irregular teeth towards apex, upper surface glabrous and dark green, lower surface paler and dull; midvein and secondary veins sunken and visible on upper surface but more conspicuous and raised below; petiole 3–5 mm long.
Conflorescences 5–10 cm long, shortly pedunculate; pedicels clustered, 2–5 mm long. Flowers creamy-pink in bud, cream and strongly fragrant at anthesis. Perianth c. 15 mm long. Gynoecium 18–22 mm long.
Fruit globose to ovoid with a prominent groove, 12–15 mm diam., red.
Flowering: chiefly spring and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in rainforest, especially in ranges north of Dorrigo.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Fruit highly poisonous if eaten.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: D.B. Foreman (1995)
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