Alphitonia petriei, Fam. Rhamnaceae
Dense small to medium tree with spreading canopy with horizontal branches.
|Form or habit:||Tree|
Entire, elliptic to oblong-obvate, 70-170mm, leaf silver-white and covered in hairs below, smooth glossy green above.
|Flower description:||Numerous branches of small, scented flowers occur spring to autumn.|
|Fruit colour:||Dull black|
|Fruit description:||Drupe-like, 10-15mm diameter dry capsules with a visible circular ring around the base, contains three cells each with a small brown seed with red-orange skin.|
|Distribution||North east Queensland to north east New South Wales and Northern Territory.|
|Food source for:||Provides food for the larval stage of the Splendid ghost moth. Fruit and/or seeds are eaten by the southern cassowary, superb fruit-dove, white-headed pigeon, brown cuckoo-dove, crimsom rosella, sulphur-crested cockatoo, Australian king parrot, double-eyed fig-parrot, eclectus parrot, Lewin's honeyeater, varied triller, Victoria's riflebird and tooth-billed bower bird.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|