Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Trema tomentosa var. aspera (Brongn.) Hewson
Hewson, H.J. (2007) Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 21: 89.
Peach Poison Bush; Elm; Fig, Rough; Kurrajong; Native Peach; Peach-leaf Poison Bush; Peach-leaved Poison Tree; Poison Peach; Rough Fig; Small Poison Peach
Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Blaze odour obnoxious.
Inflorescence about 0.5-1 cm long with about 30-50 flowers. Perianth lobes 1.5 x 0.5 mm, induplicate-valvate in the bud. Staminal filaments about 0.5-1 mm long. Ovary about 1 mm long, stigmatic arms spreading or incurved.
Cotyledons linear-ovate or linear-obovate, about 5-8 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate, apex acute, base obtuse or cordate, margin serrate or dentate with teeth all around the margin, upper surface clothed in +/- scabrous hairs; petiole, stem and terminal bud clothed in short, pale hairs; stipules linear-triangular, hairy. Seed germination time 15 to 113 days.
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to Victoria. Altitudinal range from sea level to 1000 m. Grows in monsoon forest, well developed rain forest and wet sclerophyll forest. This species is favoured by disturbance. Also occurs in New Guinea.
Field evidence indicates that this species is a very important cause of sickness and death in livestock and its toxicity has been confirmed in feeding tests. Everist (1974).
Food plant for the larval stages of the Speckled Lineblue Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).