Native mock orange
Murraya ovatifoliolata, Fam. Rutaceae
Low to medium sized shrub.
|Form or habit:||Shrub|
Compound, five to 10 alternate leaflets, leaflets ovate, 1.2-4.5 x 0.9-3cm. Glossy dark green above, dull and paler below, oil dots numerous and obvious, giving a slightly pimpled effect on the upper surface. Leaves aromatic when crushed.
|Flower description:||Few flowered, flowers white. Flowering occurs any season, flowering time very dependent on rain.|
|Fruit description:||Red, ellipsoid drupes, about 1cm long.|
|Habitat:||Rainforest, vine thicket.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.|
|Food source for:||Larval food plant of the fuscous swallowtail butterfly.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||An attractive native alternative to the exotic mock orange (Murraya paniculata). Hardy and adaptable but requires good drainage and prefers some shelter. Grow from fresh seed or cuttings, seed germinates within several weeks.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|