Common name: Rusty Helicia, Rusty Oak, Hairy Honeysuckle
Helicia ferruginea F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Helicia bauerlenii C.T.White APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 10 m high; new growth densely rusty-tomentose.
Leaves oblanceolate to oblong, 9–30 cm long, 3–9 cm wide, apex acute, base obtuse to cuneate, margins regularly toothed with teeth numerous and stiff, upper surface green and glabrescent, lower surface ± rusty-tomentose, especially along veins, leathery, secondary veins 12–20 pairs, raised and prominent on lower surface; petiole 2–10 mm long, rusty-tomentose, glabrescent.
Conflorescences usually axillary, rachis 6–8 cm long; peduncle c. 1.5 mm long; pedicels 1–1.5 mm long. Perianth c. 6 mm long, rusty-tomentose.
Fruit ovoid, c. 10 mm diam., dark blue, glabrous; ripe Jan.-Feb.
Distribution and occurrence: in riverine and warm-temperate rainforest on the coast and ranges north from the Clarence R.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: D.B. Foreman (1995)
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