A medium tree to 20 m in sub-tropical and dry rainforest, also on margins and in regrowth, north from Bega district.

Twigs mostly yellowish.

Leaves simple, alternate, dark glossy green above, pale, glaucescent, ashy-green waxy bloom below. Mostly oblong, elliptical, sometimes lanceolate, to 13 cm long, apex shortly drawn out to a blunt point, base tapered to rounded. Midrib broad and yellowish, reticulate visible when leaf blade held against light. Petiole To 12 mm long, yellowish.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Image: Fruit

Fruit a drupe, compressed-globose, ribbed or lobed, 12-18mm in diameter, black and glossy when ripe.

A very useful species in regeneration of dry rainforest, common along the creeklines and up into remnant scrub. Similar to the other local Cryptocaryas (microneura and triplinervis).

Host plant for larvae of Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon choredon), Macleay’s Swallowtail (Graphium macleayanus), Bronze Flat (Netrocoryne repanda repanda).

Photo: Robert Whyte