Maytenus disperma (CELASTRACEAE) Orange Bush

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Grows mostly in dry and subtropical rainforest, north from Lismore, NSW. From Greek di two and sperma seed, referring to the two seeds in each cell. Also called Orange Bark, Orange Boxwood, Taper-leaf Orang- bark and Orange Tree. Leaves obovate, oblong-obovate or elliptic, mostly 3-9 cm long, 10-40 mm wide, apex obtuse or acute, base attenuate, margins mostly entire, surfaces glabrous, upper surface glossy when fresh, rather dull when dry; petiole 3-12 mm long. Racemes 1-3 cm long; pedicels 0.5 – 4 mm long. Sepals 4, 1 mm long. Petals 4, 1.8 – 2.5 mm long. Stamens 4. Capsule more or less obovoid, compressed, 6-10 mm long, two-valved; seeds 1 or 2, black, with a thick fleshy yellow aril at base.
Photo: Robert Whyte

Leaf Close-up

This specimen was photographed on Enoggera Creek near Yoorala Street, The Gap on Wednesday 27 December 2006.
Photo: Robert Whyte