Chionanthus ramiflora, Fam. Oliaceae
Small to medium hardy tree producing large amounts of purple olive-like fruit.
|Form or habit:||Small tree, Med 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 white to 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, fleshy, contain one hard seed and resemble olives in shape and size.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, littoral rainforest, 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:||Don Perrin. (1990) Dictionary of Botanical Names., Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia., Society for Growing Australian Plants. Mackay Branch. (1989). One hundred and one trees of Mackay.|