Alchornea ilicifolia, Fam. Euphorbiaceae
Somewhat scraggly shrub to small tree with attractive 'holly' leaves. Greyish white, smooth bark with lenticels.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Simple, alternate, thick, stiff, holly-like, 3-9cm long. Each tooth has a pungent point and is subtended by a prominent lateral vein. Dark glossy green above and paler below.
|Flower description:||Small, greenish flowers in axillary racemes, dioecious. October to July.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, three lobed capsule, 5-7mm in diameter. September to May.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Resprouts from the base or rootstock after fire. Prefers well composted soils and a shady position. Slow growing but well worth cultivating for its ornamental leaves. Grow from fresh seed or cuttings. Timber is yellow, tough and fine grained.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|