Ternstroemia cherryi (F.M.Bailey) Merr. ex J.F.Bailey & C.T.White
Bailey, J.F. & White, C.T. (1917) Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock. Botany Bulletin 19: 3.
Beech, Cherry; Cherry Beech
Seldom grows beyond 30 cm dbh. Yellowish brown, brittle stripes in the blaze. Blaze colour darkens on exposure.
Pedicel about 5-30 mm long but usually 10-20 mm long. Sepals unequal (the outer ones smaller), thick and entire, about 1-3.5 x 2-7 mm. Petals thick, waxy, entire, about 5-12 x 7-12 mm. Stamens about 100-200, anthers +/- forked at the apex, filaments about 1-1.5 mm long. Ovary broadly ovoid-oblong, two ovules per locule. Styles about 1-1.5 mm long.
Cotyledons small, triangular, about 3-7 x 1-2 mm, without visible venation, appressed to the stem. First pair of leaves elliptic, about 25-55 x 15-35 mm, glabrous. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade obovate, apex shortly acuminate, base attenuate, glabrous, often produced in whorls or pseudowhorls. Cataphylls sometimes produced among true leaves. Seed germination time 20 to 87 days.
A decorative shrub or small tree not commonly cultivated but would be suitable for tropical plantings. Large cream flowers are followed by bright orange fruit that last on the plant for a considerable time.