Common name: red-fruited laurel, glossy laurel
Cryptocarya laevigata Blume APNI*
Synonyms: Cryptocarya laevigata var. bowiei (Walp.) Kosterm. APNI*
Cryptocarya bowiei (Walp.) Druce APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree; very young growth with scattered hairs, soon becoming glabrous.
Leaves ovate-elliptic to narrow-elliptic, 5–12 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, apex acuminate, soft, both surfaces glabrous, glossy when fresh but dull on drying, upper surface bright green, lower surface paler; reticulum obscure in fresh material, faintly visible in dried condition; petiole 2–5 mm long.
Panicles shorter than leaves. Flowers 3–4 mm long, greenish.
Fruit ± globose, 15–20 mm diam., usually bright red, sometimes yellowish; ripe Jan.-Apr.
Distribution and occurrence: Found in lowland subtropical rainforest on alluvial or rich basaltic soil, north from Lismore.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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