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Psydrax odorata (G.Forst.) A.C.Sm. & S.P.Darwin
Family Rubiaceae
Common name: Shiny-leaved Canthium, Iamboto

Psydrax odorata (G.Forst.) A.C.Sm. & S.P.Darwin APNI*

Synonyms: Canthium odoratum f. 'Coastal form' APNI*

Description: Small tree or shrub to 8 m high.

Leaves elliptic or obovate, 3–8 cm long, 10–35 mm wide, apex obtuse or bluntly-pointed, medium-textured; venation ± visible on upper surface, obscure on lower surface, upper surface dark green and shiny, lower surface paler, few domatia sometimes present; petiole 2–8 mm long.

Flowers fragrant in dense cymose panicles; pedicels to c. 3 mm long. Calyx 1–1.5 mm long, 4-lobed, glabrous. Corolla white or cream, c. 6 mm long, lobes 4 or 5, twice as long as tube. Stigma ± ovoid.

Drupe compressed-obovoid, c. 7–8 mm wide, black.

Flowering: throughout year.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry rainforest in coastal districts north from the Hunter Valley, and on rocky slopes and ridges in inland districts, widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS, CWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Qld
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Psydrax odorata f. buxifolia

 Key to the forms 
1Young branchlets and inflorescence axes glabrous or subglabrous; domatia present on leaves; leaf blades thick and coriaceous(see couplet 2 for forms of subsp. australiana in NSW)subsp. australiana
Young branchlets and inflorescence axes hairy; domatia usually absent on the leaves; leaf blades thick or thin coriaceous(only f. buxifolia in NSW)subsp. buxifolia
2Leaf blades pale or dark green, glossy on the upper surface; reticulate veins usually distinct on lower surface; domatia 1–3 on each side of the midrib, prominent or obscuref. australiana
Leaf blades pale or yellowish green, slightly shiny or dull on the upper surface; reticulate veins usually not apparent on the lower surface; domatia 1 or 2 on each side of the midrib, usually small
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f. subnitida

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