Abrophyllum ornans (ROUSSEACEAE); Native hydrangea

Abrophyllum ornans foliage and fruit - Graham Stephens  2002
Abrophyllum ornans foliage and fruit - Graham Stephens 2002
Large shrub or small tree to 8m, found in subtropical rainforest and moist gullies bordering rainforest, from the Illawarra region of NSW to McIlwraith Ra in Nth Qld. Grows in warm-temperate rainforest in NSW, especially along smaller watercourses or in gullies on poorer soils.

Branchlets green and slender, with scattered hairs; similar to Cuttsia viburnea but without lenticels (breathing pores). Young shoots hairy.

Leaves simple, alternate, with irregularly toothed margins, each tooth bearing a small, blunt projection; mostly large, to 20cm in length, oblanceolate to obovate or elliptic. Blade soft and green, glossy, narrowed at the base and drawn out to a fine point at the tip; hairless above and with fine scattered hairs below. Main lateral veins thick and indented above, raised and fleshy below.

Flowers small, greenish yellow, slightly fragrant, borne in short panicles. Appear Oct to Dec.

Fruit a purple/black berry about 5mm in diameter. Ripe March to Oct.

Propagate from fresh seed or cuttings.

Has been used as an ornamental, mainly for its large shiny leaves and showy fruit. Grow in filtered sun, well-composted soil.

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