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Ligustrum australianum

Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

Ligustrum australianum F.Muell.

Mueller, F.J.H. von (1865) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 5: 20. Type: Dalrymple Gap, Rockingham Bay, J. Dallachy(?).

Stem

Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Yellowish brittle stripes in the blaze.

Leaves

Lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Leaf bearing twigs rather slender, about 1-2 mm diam. Pale coloured lenticels usually visible on the twigs. Leaf blades about 4-9 x 1.6-4 cm. Reduced leaves (resembling stipules) may be visible on the new growth.

Flowers

Calyx about 1 mm long, the lobes inconspicuous. Corolla about 4-5 mm long, the lobes about the same length as the corolla tube. Stamens not exceeding the corolla. Ovules pendulous, 2 per locule. Stigmas projecting beyond the corolla tube.

Fruit

Fruits globular, about 6-7 mm diam.

Seedlings

Cotyledons broadly elliptic to orbicular, about 10-15 x 7-15 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate, about 15-20 mm long, glabrous on the upper surface.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Queensland. Occurs in NEQ and coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from 50-850 m. Usually grows on the margins of drier, more seasonal rain forest.

NEQ

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Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)

X

Tree

X

RFK Code

433