Common name: Sea Box
Alyxia buxifolia R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2 m high, though mostly stunted and < 50 cm high.
Leaves mostly opposite, sometimes in whorls of 3 on main stems, thick, stiff, broad-elliptic to obovate, 1–4 cm long, 5–25 mm wide, apex blunt to mucronate, margins recurved, glabrous and dark green with lower surface paler; lateral veins feint or distinct but not prominent; petiole 1–5 mm long.
Cymes to c. 8-flowered, axillary or terminal; pedicmels 1–3 m long. Calyx c. 2 mm long. Corolla lobes c. 5 mm long, white; tube c. 8 mm long, orange.
Fruit of 1 or 2 articles; articles ± ellipsoid to globose, c. 8 mm diam., red.
Distribution and occurrence: Chiefly on coastal cliff faces, also in more protected coastal sites; south from Batemans Bay.
NSW subdivisions: SC
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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