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ARDISIA, SHOE-BUTTON ARDISIA

(Ardisia elliptica prev. A. solanaceae, fam. Myrsinaceae )

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Upright shrub to about 4m high.
Form or habit: Shrub or small tree
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Obovate or ovate, 90-120 x 30-40mm, tapering into reddish stalk about 15mm long. New growth red, aging to dull dark green. Translucent oil dots and streaks visible with lens.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: White, pink or mauve
Flower description:Small, star-shaped in axillary umbels or racemes.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Pink to purple
Fruit: Fleshy
Fruit description: Pea-sized, one-seeded berries, persistent over long period.
Habitat:
Distribution:
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:Asia
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Spread by: Water, birds and garden waste.
Invades/threats: Creek banks and Melaleuca forest.
Notes: Garden escapee. Survives in standing water.
Information sources: Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.

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