Common name: Bootlace Bush, Tie Bush
Wikstroemia indica (L.) C.A.Mey. APNI*
Description: Small tree or shrub, mostly to 1.5 m high, glabrous or branches sparsely hairy, later smooth and shiny.
Leaves ovate to elliptic, 2–6 cm long, mostly 10–20 mm wide, glabrous, upper surface dark green and glossy, lower surface glaucous and dull; petiole 1–2 mm long.
Heads terminal, few-flowered. Flowers greenish yellow to white, 8–10 mm long.
Fruit 5–8 mm long, red.
Distribution and occurrence: Toxic if eaten; the fruit appears to be more toxic than the leaves. In open forest and scrub near the sea, sometimes in rainforest, north from the Illawarra region.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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