Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Fagraea berteroana A.Gray ex Benth.
Bentham, G. (1857) Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society, Botany 1 : 98. Type: In ins. Societatis (Bertero, Bidwill, Hinds, Barclay), ins Nukahiva e Marquesas (Barclay), in Archipelago Louisiade dicto (Macgillivray).
Blaze darkens markedly on exposure ending up a grey-brown colour. Usually grows as an epiphyte or lithophyte.
Cotyledons ovate, fleshy, venation not or scarcely visible, apex obtuse. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade fleshy or leathery, obovate or oblong, apex somewhat acuminate; petioles joined at the base, forming an interpetiolar, stipule-like structure which splits as the terminal bud expands. Seed germination time 48 to 102 days.
Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 300 m. Grows in lowland rain forest, gallery forest and monsoon forest. Also occurs in New Guinea, New Caledonia and other Pacific islands.
An excellent shrub or small tree that deserves a place in horticulture. Produces large white, tubular, perfumed flowers and fruits that are orange-red when ripe. The dry timber of this species is aromatic and pleasantly perfumed.