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, November to January followed by red-black berry ripe February to March. 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