Chionanthus ramiflora, Fam. Oliaceae
Small to medium hardy tree producing large amounts of purple olive-like fruit.
|Form or habit:||Shrub or small tree|
Opposite, to about 25 x 8cm. Elliptic to broadly oblong, dark green above and paler underneath. Has a prominently raised, lemon coloured mid-vein.
|Flower description:||Small, lightly perfumed, 4 petalled cream flowers are borne in axillary sprays about 8cm long. Heavy flowerings have been observed in summer and further light flowerings in winter.|
|Fruit description:||Mature fruits are purple in colour, contain one hard seed and resemble olives in shape and size.|
|Habitat:||Rainforest,Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest|
|Distribution||North Eastern Queensland.|
|Food source for:||Food for a range of marsupials and birds, including the Golden Bowerbird and Topknot Pigeon.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Chion meaning snow and anthus flowered, referring to the masses of white flowers.|
|Information sources:||The Mackay Branch Socieity for Growing Australian Plants. (1989) One Hundred and One Trees of Mackay.,Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.,Don Perrin. (1990) Dictionary of Botanical Names.|