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White Ash

(Alphitonia petriei, fam. Rhamnaceae)

Alphitonia petriei Alphitonia petriei Alphitonia petriei Alphitonia petriei Alphitonia petriei
Dense small to medium tree with spreading canopy with horizontal branches.
Form or habit: Tree
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Entire, elliptic to oblong-obvate, 70-170mm, leaf silver-white and covered in hairs below, smooth glossy green above.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Cream
Flower description:Numerous branches of small, scented flowers occur spring to autumn.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Dull black
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Drupe-like, 10-15mm diameter dry capsules with a visible circular ring around the base, contains three cells each with a small brown seed with red-orange skin.
Habitat:Rainforest
Distribution:North east Queensland to north east New South Wales and Northern Territory.
Food source for:Provides food for the larval stage of the Splendid ghost moth. Fruit and/or seeds are eaten by the southern cassowary, superb fruit-dove, white-headed pigeon, brown cuckoo-dove, crimsom rosella, sulphur-crested cockatoo, Australian king parrot, double-eyed fig-parrot, eclectus parrot, Lewin's honeyeater, varied triller, Victoria's riflebird and tooth-billed bower bird.
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:Australia
Weed:No
Weed status:
Notes:
Information sources: Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.

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