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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Female flower. Copyright Barry Jago
Fruit, three views and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Leaves and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, Epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Breynia stipitata Mull.Arg.
Mueller Argoviensis, J. (1866) Prodromus 15: 442. Type: In Sweers Island Novae Hollandiae (Henne! ex specim. a cl. Ferd. Muell. miss. in hb. DC..
Apple, Dwarf's; Fart Bush; Dwarf's Apple; Breynia; Coffee Bush
Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.
Cotyledons elliptic, about 8-13 x 3-5 mm. All leaves after 1st or 2nd pair of leaves are produced on lateral shoots and resemble compound leaves. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate to elliptic, apex acute, base cuneate; stipules triangular, about 0.5 mm long.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Australia (?), occurs in NT, CYP and NEQ, widespread. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m. This is a regrowth species which is favoured by disturbance. Grows in disturbed areas in well developed rain forest.
Food plant for the larval stages of the Common Grass Yellow Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).
This shrub contains methyl mercaptan, a substance with a particularly disagreeable odour. Cribb (1981).
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)