Timonius timon, Fam. Rubiaceae
Shrub or small tree to about 10m with light to dark grey black, rough, flaky to tessellated bark.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Simple, opposite, entire, ovate to elliptic, 6-15cm long, glabrous or with silky hairs along veins and below, hairy domatia present. Young shoots often silky hairy. Stipules long, membranous, interpetiolar and leave a scar when shed.
|Flower description:||Small, white, silky hairy, fragrant flowers solitary or in small clusters. Mostly spring.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, globose, about 1.3cm in diameter with a persistent calyx.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, littoral rainforest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New Guinea, Melanesia, Malesia, Asia.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the northern and southern blossom bats. Nectar eaten by the dusky honeyeater. Larval food plant of the moths Coscinocera (Hercules moth) and Syntherata janetta.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea, Melanesia, Malesia, Asia.|
|Notes:||Grow from seed. Some Aboriginal communities drank an infusion from the inner bark to combat colds, influenza and fevers, sore eyes were treated with a concoction from the wood.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|