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Brown birch

(Scolopia braunii, fam. Flacourtiaceae)

Scolopia braunii Scolopia braunii Scolopia braunii Scolopia braunii Scolopia braunii
Scolopia braunii is a small to medium tree to 10m, with dense, attractive foliage, often found as a shrub.
Form or habit: Tree
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Juvenile leaves are often diamond shaped with 2-6 angled margins (blunt teeth either side); adult leaves broadly egg-shaped, which may or may not have angled margins. They are thick textured, glossy and new growth is pink or browning red.

Flower conspicuous: Inconspicuous
Flower colour: White or Cream
Flower description:Small, sweetly fragrant white or cream flowers on short terminal or axillary panicles.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Black
Fruit description: Globular berries about 1cm across with a persistent hooked style. Ranging from yellow, orange, red then black when ripe.
Habitat:Rainforest,Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Vine thicket,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest,Wetland
Distribution:North-eastern Qld to north-eastern N.S.W.
Food source for:Fruit is eaten by the topknot pigeon, Lewin’s honeyeater, figbirds and others. The foliage is food for larvae of the bronze flat and bordered rustic butterflies and a number of moths.
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Weed status:
Notes:Propagate from fresh seed or cuttings. Very attractive foliage. Adaptable to a wide variety of soils. good screening plant as the foliage is retained to ground level.
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