Common name: Banana Bush, Ya Yang
Tabernaemontana pandacaqui Lam. APNI*
Synonyms: Ervatamia angustisepala (Benth.) Domin APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3 m high, glabrous.
Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, 5–18 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, apex ± short-acuminate, base gradually narrowed, lamina soft, glabrous; base of petiole expanded into a small erect, ovate appendage appressed to the branchlet and enclosing the axillary bud; petiole 3–15 mm long.
Cymes axillary, shorter than leaves. Flowers 15–20 mm diam., white, fragrant. Calyx lobes c. 2 mm long. Corolla tube 10–15 mm long, lobes 6–8 mm long, asymmetric.
Follicles narrow-ovoid or narrow ellipsoid with acuminate apex, 1–4 cm long, 8–10 mm diam., green and turning yellow; seeds 3–16, embedded in sticky red pulp.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in warmer rainforest, north from Manning R.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.