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Native Gardenia

(Atractocarpus fitzalanii, fam. Rubiaceae)

Atractocarpus fitzalanii Atractocarpus fitzalanii Atractocarpus fitzalanii Atractocarpus fitzalanii Atractocarpus fitzalanii
Also known as Brown Gardenia, this member of the Rubiaceae family is becoming a sought after plant for backyards with its beautifully scented flowers and lush growth. Although capable of growing to 8 meters, this plant is an excellent specimen for indoor or outdoor containers. Flowers open in the afternoon and attract day moths for fertilisation.
Form or habit: Shrub or small tree
Leaf:Simple Opposite

The bright lime coloured leaves are simple, opposite, glossy to 25cm in length; with distinctive sunken side-veins.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: White
Flower description:Fragrant white tubular flowers appear from September to May, containing five prominent petals with an overall diameter of roughly 3cm.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Yellow
Fruit: Fleshy
Fruit description: The fruit, about 4—8cm in diameter, matures between April to June from green to yellow and can be eaten fresh. The whitish small seeds are flat and triangular, and surrounded by a soft pulp.
Habitat:Rainforest,Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest
Distribution:It is found from Cooktown to Queensland’s Central Coast.
Food source for:Fruit eaten by a large range of animals. Important food source for the Cassowary further north. Edible to humans.
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Weed status:
Information sources:
SGAP - (1985, Set 8 No.5)

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