Shrub or small tree to 6 m found in all types of rainforest. Attractive silver-backed bushy foliage. Useful screening tree.

Has a pronounced intramarginal vein, so much so that it looks three-veined.

White and fluffy flowers in clusters, Nov to Jan followed by red-black berry ripe Feb to Mar.

Propagate from fresh seed.

Fruit eaten by Green Catbird, Lewin’s honeyeater and Regent bowerbird. Silver-grey timber is hard and tough, thus the name malletwood.

Photo: Robert Whyte