Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Ehretia saligna R.Br. var. saligna

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Randell, B.R. (1993) Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 15(2): 93.

Common name

Coonta; Peach Bush; Native Willow; Peachwood


Occasionally grows into a small tree but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub.


Leaves +/- linear-lanceolate, about 10-25 x 0.6-2 cm. Young twigs and petioles puberulent.


Calyx lobes erect at anthesis, about 1.5-2 mm long. Corolla overall about 3.5-6.5 mm long.


Fruits globular, about 4-5 mm diam.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to southern Queensland. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to about 200 m. Usually grows in open eucalypt forest but sometimes found in vine thickets.

Natural History & Notes

This plant used medicinally by Aborigines, decoction of wood drunk for aches and pains. Cribb (1981).


Ehretia saligna R.Br., Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 497 (1810). Type: Northern Australia, R. Brown; holo: BM.

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