Pipturus argenteus, Fam. Urticaceae
A shrub or small tree to 6m high.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Ovate or eliptic, broadly lance-shaped, 8-13 cm long, margins finely and bluntly toothed, soft, lower surface whitish with hairs.
White, Cream, Green
|Flower description:||Green, white or cream, dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants).|
|Fruit description:||Whitish, fleshy, mulberry-like. Actually, an achene, clustered at nodes to form a globose multiple fruit, 4-6mm diameter. January and June.|
|Habitat:||Open forest, vine thicket, woodland.|
|Distribution||Found in a variety of forests including rainforest and riparian areas. Found from Lismore NSW to the Torres Strait Islands.|
|Food source for:||Fruit are eaten by many birds and are a food plant for the white nymph butterfly.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Common especially in regrowth after clearing. Very good plant for revegetation and fainforest gardens as it is fast growing, hardy and brings in many birds.|
|Information sources:||C. Peterson, pers. comm., Harden G.J. et al. (2006) Rainforest Trees and Shrubs: a field guide to their identification.|