Brown birch, flintwood
Scolopia braunii, Fam. Flacourtiaceae
Scolopia braunii is a small to medium tree to 10m, with dense, attractive foliage, often found as a shrub.
|Form or habit:||Small tree, Med tree|
Juvenile leaves are often diamond shaped with 2-6 angled margins (blunt teeth either side); adult leaves broadly egg-shaped, which may or may not have angled margins. They are thick textured, glossy and new growth is pink or browning red.
|Flower description:||Small, sweetly fragrant white or cream flowers on short terminal or axillary panicles.|
Black, Orange, Yellow, Red
|Fruit description:||Globular berries about 1cm across with a persistent hooked style. Ranging from yellow, orange, red then black when ripe.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, littoral rainforest, rainforest, wetland, vine thicket.|
|Distribution||North-eastern Qld to north-eastern N.S.W.|
|Food source for:||Fruit is eaten by the topknot pigeon, Lewin’s honeyeater, figbirds and others. The foliage is food for larvae of the bronze flat and bordered rustic butterflies and a number of moths.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Propagate from fresh seed or cuttings. Very attractive foliage. Adaptable to a wide variety of soils. good screening plant as the foliage is retained to ground level.|
|Information sources:||Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|