Cryptocarya triplinervis (LAURACEAE) Three-veined Laurel

Plants to Plant

Small to medium tree to 15 m. Common and abundant in littoral, riverine rainforest. Green, pale and slightly fragrant flowers in September to December. The fruit is a purplish black fleshy drupe which is ripe February. Attracts birds. Dense crown of dark-green leaves. Propagate from fresh seed, removed from the flesh. Germination is reliable and takes up to two months. Fruit eaten by Topknot Pigeon. Large tree in the wild and important for butterflies. This specimen on Fish Creek opposite Romea Street is distinctly hairy (var. pubescens). Attractive small bushy tree for average-sized gardens.

Foliage Photo: Robert Whyte

Hairy New Growth

Recorded as host plant for Emperor Gum Moth Opodiphthera eucalypti on the Australian caterpillars web site by Don Herbison-Evans and Stella Crossley.