Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Elaeocarpus obovatus G.Don

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Leaves and flowers. © Australian National Botanic Gardens

Don, G. (1831) A General History of Dichlamydeous Plants 1: 559. Type: Native of New Holland.

Common name

Blueberry Ash; Freckled oliveberry; Hard Quandong


Grows into a large tree at the southern end of its range but in the northern end of its range it flowers and fruits as a shrub or small tree.


Leaf blades about 4-7.5 x 1-3 cm, petioles about 0.3-0.8 cm. Lateral veins about 6-8 on each side of the midrib.


Sepals about 3.5-4 x 1.5 mm. Petals about 4 x 1.5 mm, divided at the apex into about 8-10 lobes. Stamens about 20, filaments very short, about 0.5 mm, anthers about 1.5 mm long, clothed in short hairs. Style about 1.5-2 mm long.


Fruits ovoid to globose, about 8-12 x 7-9 mm. Endocarp about 7-10 x 7-8 mm, deeply rugose on the outer surface. Embryo straight, cotyledons larger than the radicle.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as coastal central New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from 800-900 m. Grows in vine thickets in NEQ.

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