Gmelina leichhardtii, Fam. Lamiaceae
Large, shady, semi-deciduous tree with a cylindrical or flanged trunk and light to dark grey bark. Small trees often have a wrinkled surface with white powdery markings while older trees tend to be somewhat scaly.
|Form or habit:||Large Tree|
Simple, opposite, entire when mature but toothed when juvenile, ovate or broadly so, 8-18cm long. Somewhat thick and tough, upper surface dark green, more or less glabrous, underside paler, densely hairy with soft, fawn hairs. Venation impressed above but raised and conspicuous below.
White, Yellow, Purple
|Flower description:||Large, terminal panicles of white flowers with purple and yellow markings. November to January.|
|Fruit description:||Blue to purple, succulent, globular drupes, 12-15mm in diameter with a persistent calyx. January to May.|
|Habitat:||Littoral rainforest, rainforest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the topknot pigeon, wompoo fruit dove and red tailed black cockatoo.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Germination is slow, remove the flesh, soak for several weeks, sun dry and soak again prior to sowing. Pale grey, soft, straight grained and durable timber.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|