Cryptocarya microneura (LAURACEAE) Murrogun, Brown Jack, Murrogun Laurel

Plants to Plant

A medium tree growing up to 20 m with simple, alternate leaves, blade dark glossy green above, paler almost glaucescent below. Leaves are oblong-elliptical drawn to a narrow blunt point at apex, 6-12 cm long. White flowers in panicles from leaf axil or terminal. Flowers September to November. Black, globular drupe 6-12 mm long is ripe December to February.

Flowers and foliage Photo: Robert Whyte

Host Plant

Host plant for larvae of Blue Triangle Graphium sarpedon choredon, Bronze Flat Netrocoryne repanda repanda and Common Red-eye or Eastern Dusk-flat Chaetocneme beata butterflies.

Blue Triangle butterflies

Flower Buds

Flower buds begin appearing in the first week of September. In some years, few if any flowers appear on the Murrogun and in others the flowers are profuse.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Foliage and Green Fruit

Fruit is a black, globular drupe 6-12 mm long, ripe December to February. This photograph shows some of the fruit still green but full size.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Foliage and Purple Fruit

This photograph shows the fruit blue-purple but full size, on its way to being black.

Photo: Robert Whyte