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Trema tomentosa var. aspera (Brongn.) Hewson
Family Cannabaceae
Common name: Peach-leaf Poison-bush, Native Peach, Poison Peach

Trema tomentosa var. aspera (Brongn.) Hewson APNI*

Synonyms: Trema tomentosa var. viridis (Planch.) Hewson APNI*
Trema aspera (Brongn.) Blume APNI*

Description: Shrub or small tree, evergreen, young branches pubescent.

Leaves ovate to lanceolate, mostly 2–8 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, light green, scabrous, strongly 3-veined from the base, main veins usually hairy below; petiole 5–10 mm long.

Drupe globose, to 4 mm diam., shiny black; ripe Feb.-May.

Other photo
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Distribution and occurrence:

Widespread in regrowth and margins of rainforest, in moist sclerophyll forest and in open rocky areas.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: W.A.
AVH map***

[previously Trema aspera (Brongn.) Blume]. Recorded as being toxic to stock, but it is not usually eaten except under dry conditions.

Text by G.J. Harden (1990) Flora of New South Wales. Vol. 1; revised B.J. Conn (2009)
Taxon concept: H.J. Hewson (2007) J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 21: 89.

The single variety in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.

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