Terminalia sericocarpa, Fam. Combretaceae
A large, deciduous, spreading tree, 20-30m tall, with layered branches. Considered by many to be synonymous with Terminalia microcarpa, a species found in New Guinea.
|Form or habit:||Large Tree|
Oval, tapering to the base, tip usually rounded, smooth, shiny green above, paler underneath, 2-20 x1.5-8cm, turning red before falling.
|Flower description:||Cream, strongly scented, 0.3-0.4cm in diameter. Borne on hairy spikes 5-10cm long in the leaf axils.|
|Fruit description:||Blue to purple, egg shaped fruit, 1.3-1.8cm long. Containing a single woody shelled seed.|
|Habitat:||Coastal dune, woodland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Suitable for most well drained soils. Needs abundant water. This is an ideal large shade tree for parks and larger gardens. Propagate from fresh seed.|
|Information sources:||James Cook University (2022) Terminalia sericocarpa = Terminalia microcarpa, Plants by common name., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|