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Ochrosia elliptica Labill., Sert. Austro-Caledon. 25, t. 30 (1824); so named after its elliptic leaves.
Red Berrywood

T: New Caledonia, J.J.H. de Labillardière s.n. ; holo: P n.v. , fide P.Boiteau in A.Aubréville & J.-F.Leroy, Fl. Nouv.-Calédon. 10: 56 (1981).

Illustrations: P.Boiteau in A.Aubréville & J.-F.Leroy, Fl. Nouv.-Calédon. 10: 55, t. 10/6–12 (1981); I.Hutton, Lord Howe Is. 117 (1986).

Shrub or small tree to 4 m tall, glabrous. Leaves in whorls of 3, glossy; petiole 0.5–2 cm long; lamina elliptic to slightly oblanceolate, 5–14 cm long, 2–5 cm broad, attenuate onto petiole, obtuse to rounded, rarely very slightly and shortly acuminate; venation of numerous, parallel, secondary nerves, linking to a strong marginal nerve. Inflorescence axillary, subterminal, a dense, few-flowered cyme; peduncle 2–7 cm long. Calyx tube and lobes each c. 1 mm long. Corolla white; tube 9–10 mm long; lobes narrowly oblong, 6–7 mm long. Fruit a pair of ellipsoidal drupes, 3–4 cm long, pointed at both ends, with a longitudinal ridge along both sides, red. 

Lord Howe Is. A relatively common plant at lower altitudes, especially on sandy areas near the coast. Also known from Australia (coastal Qld), New Caledonia and Vanuatu (Aneityum). Flowers Nov.–early Apr. 

L.H.Is.: Neds Beach, M.M.J. van Balgooy 1042 (NSW); Lagoon Rd, outside Government House, J.Pickard 1497 (NSW); Middle Bay, P.S.Green 1699 (K); Transit Hill, P.S.Green 1633 (A, K); N end of Blinky Beach, A.N.Rodd 1856 (K, NSW).


Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 49 (1994), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia