Breynia oblongifolia, Fam. Euphorbiaceae
Erect, slender shrub, understory plant, grows 2-4m high.
|Form or habit:||Shrub or small tree|
Leaves entire, broadly ovate or oblong-ovate, up to 3.5cm in length with lateral veins obscure.
|Flower description:||Greenish-yellow, pendulous flowers occur singular in leaf axils, any month of the year.|
Black, Pink, Red
|Fruit description:||Small berries, pinkish-red maturing to black, 6mm in diameter, occurring any time of year.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, littoral rainforest, open forest, rainforest, woodland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory and north-east New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||Host plant of aphids, fruits consumed by brown-cuckoo dove, eclectus parrot, Lewin's honeyeater, satin bowerbird and silvereye. This plant also provides for the larval stage of large grass buterfly, and for the following moth species;Parallelia frontina, Parallelia solomonensis and Phyllocnistis diaugella.|
|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested, toxic or irritant to domestic pets|
|Notes:||Despite the common name, this plant should not be consumed by humans and is posionous to stock.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|