Common name: Large-leaved Privet
Ligustrum lucidum Aiton APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to c. 10 m high, glabrous; branchlets with conspicuous white lenticels.
Leaves ovate to elliptic or narrow-ovate, 4–13 cm long, 3–5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base rounded, margins entire, lamina glabrous, discolorous, upper surface dark green, lower surface paler; petiole 10–20 mm long.Panicles dense, 15–25 cm long; pedicels 1–3 mm long. Calyx tubular, 1–1.5 mm long, shallowly lobed. Corolla white, tube c. 1 mm long; lobes 2–4 mm long. Stamens strongly exserted; filaments 2–3 mm long.Berry globose, c. 8 mm long, blue-black.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely naturalized in coastal districts north from Bega and inland to West Wyalong. Native of China & Japan.
Frequently planted as a hedge and has become an invasive weed of coastal rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Zarucchi et al (2001)
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