Ligustrum lucidum W.T.Aiton
Aiton, W. (1810) Hortus Kewensis : 19. Type: Introd. about 1794, by the Right. Hon. Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. K.B. Native of China.
Large Leaved Privet; Tree Privet; Large Leaf Privet; Glossy Privet; Giant Privet; Broad-leaved Privet; Broad Leaf Privet
Usually grows into a small tree but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Fruits ellipsoid, about 9-10 x 7 mm.
An introduced species originally from China and Japan. Widely cultivated in Australia and now naturalised in NEQ, on the Atherton Tableland, CEQ, and southwards as far as southern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from 700-800 m. Grows on the margins of rain forest, in rain forest regrowth and wet sclerophyll forest.
The leaves of this species are suspected of poisoning cattle and the fruits of poisoning children. Everist (1974).
A introduced species once commonly planted but now a weed because of bird dispersal of the seeds. This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A15301.htm)