Bubbia howeana (F.Muell.) Tiegh. APNI*
Synonyms: Zygogynum howeanum (F.Muell.) Vink APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 13 m tall.
Leaves thickish, dark green, glaucous beneath; petiole 10–20 mm long; lamina narrowly oblanceolate to obovate-oblong, 5–15 (-25) cm long, 1–5 (-7) cm broad, narrowly cuneate at base, rounded to obtuse apically.
Inflorescence 3-many-flowered. Petals 8–14, narrow, 7–12 mm long, white, in (2 or) 3 series. Stamens 10–30. Carpels 3–6.
Fruit oblong-ellipsoidal or obovoid, 8–13 mm long, 6–10 mm broad, 5–8 mm thick, greyish black and somewhat fleshy when ripe. Seeds 5–17, obovoid to subreniform, 5 mm long, 3 mm broad, 2 mm thick, almost smooth.
Flowering: Flowers Jun–December
Distribution and occurrence: An endemic species to Lord Howe Island, almost confined to forests at the southern end of the island.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Although recent phylogenetic analyses of Winteraceae tend to support a broader concept of Zygogynum inclusive of Bubbia, current data remain insufficient to accept these changes, therefore we here follow the Flora of Australia (2007) and APC in treating this species as Bubbia (H. Sauquet, 2019).
Text by P.S. Green (1994)
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (APC) 2019
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