Pipturus argenteus, Fam. Urticaceae
A shrub or small tree to 6m high.
|Form or habit:||Shrub or small tree|
Ovate or eliptic , broadly lance-shaped, 8-13 cm long, margins finely and bluntly toothed, soft, lower surface whitish with hairs.
|Flower colour:||Green, white or cream,|
|Flower description:||Dioecious- male and female flowers on separate plants|
|Fruit description:||Whitish, fleshy, mulberry-like. Actuallly an Achene, clustered at nodes to form a globose multiple fruit, 4-6mm diameter. Flowering between January and June.|
|Habitat:||Vine thicket,Woodland/ open forest|
|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:||Harden G.J. et al. (2006) Rainforest Trees and Shrubs a field guide to their identification|