Common name: Muskwood, Black Muskheart, Brown Muskheart, Canary Muskheart
Alangium villosum subsp. polyosmoides (F.Muell.) Bloemb. APNI*
Synonyms: Alangium polyosmoides APNI*
Description: Small tree to 20 m high; branches glabrous or sparsely hairy.
Leaves lanceolate to oblong, mostly 4–15 cm longand 2–4 cm wide, but often larger on juvenile plants, apex 1 acuminate, base often asymmetric, upper surface greenish yellow and 1 glabrous, lower sur face paler and softly hairy; venation prominent on lower surface, tertiary veins 1 transverse; numerous pit-like domatia along primary and secondary veins; petiole 5–20 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy.
Inflorescences 6–10-flowered, appressed hairy. Calyx c. 1 mm long, hairy. Petals 4–6, 12–15 mm long, cream to yellowish, hairy. Stamens as many as petals. Ovary 1-locular.
Drupe ellipsoid to ovoid, 12–16 mm long, 5–10 mm diam., black when ripe, ribbed, crowned by disc and calyx.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal subtropical and dry rainforest, north from Newcastle.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Subsp. tomentosum (F. Muell.) Bloemb. grows in nearby areas in Qld and has been reported for N.S.W. It is similar to subsp. polyosmoides but differs in the tomentose branches, petioles and inflorescences and in the inflorescences having 3–6 flowers.
Text by K.D. Hill
|The single subspecies in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.|
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