Niemeyera prunifera (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1869) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 7: 114.
Brown Pearwood; Boxwood, Plum; Rusty Plum; Milky Plum; Plum, Milky; Plum Boxwood; Plum, Rusty; Silky Hornbeam
Bark exudate slow and meagre, mainly from the inner blaze.
A few very densely hairy cataphylls produced before the first true leaves. First pair of true leaves elliptic to obovate. Young leaves clothed in dense, rust coloured hairs. Only a few hairs remaining on the upper surface of older leaves. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate, apex acuminate, base attenuate, upper surface hairy along the midrib at least; lateral veins about 12-16 each side of the midrib; petiole, stem and terminal bud densely clothed in reddish brown hairs. Seed germination time 75 to 107 days.
Fallen fruit eaten by Cassowaries and Musky Rat-kangaroos. Cooper & Cooper (1994).
Sometimes grows large enough to produce millable logs. Produces a useful general purpose timber.
Wood specific gravity 0.77. Cause et al. (1989).