Sersalisia sericea, Fam. Sapotaceae
Shrub to small tree which frequently 'hosts' a bright red lichen. The bark exudes a small amount of milky exudate when cut. The species occurs as a prostrate or wind sheared low shrub in exposed coastal sites.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Simple, alternate, entire, elliptic to obovate, up to about 6cm long but often much shorter. Dark green above with a dense cover of creamy brown hairs below, margin somewhat recurved.
|Flower description:||Axillary clusters or solitary small, bisexual, creamy flowers. Spring to winter|
|Fruit description:||Purple black, fleshy, glabrous, oblong drupes, about 2 x 1xm, one seed per fruit.|
|Habitat:||Coastal dune, open forest, vine thicket, woodland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.|
|Food source for:||Leaves eaten by the rock ringtail possum.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||An attractive, salt and wind tolerant plant. Grow from fresh seed. The fruit is edible and palatable.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|