Glochidion lobocarpum, Fam. Euphorbiaceae
Shrub to small tree with brown vertically fissured bark and a fruit resembling a tiny pumpkin.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Simple, alternate, entire, ovate to elliptic, 2-10cm long, pseudo-pinnate. Dull to glossy green above and with a blue appearance caused by a waxy surface or whitish bloom that can often be rubbed off. Petioles 3-4mm long.
|Flower description:||Axillary clusters of yellow green flowers. Male and female flowers separate. May to February.|
Green, Orange, Yellow
|Fruit description:||Capsule, about 8mm in diameter, resembling a tiny pumpkin. Green turning orange yellow. December to May.|
|Habitat:||Open forest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New Guinea.|
|Food source for:||Fruit and seed eaten by the brown cuckoo dove. Larval food plant of the moths Anisodes turneri and Hyalobathra miniosalis.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea.|
|Notes:||Grow from seed or cuttings.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|