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Chionanthus quadristamineus F.Muell., Fragm. 8: 41 (1873); so called because of the four stamens in the flowers.

Mayepea quadristaminea (F.Muell.) F.Muell., Fragm. 10: 89 (1876); Linociera quadristaminea (F.Muell.) Knobl., Bot. Centralbl. 61: 87 (1895); Notelaea quadristaminea (F.Muell.) Hemsl., Ann. Bot. (London ) 10: 243 (1896). T: Lord Howe Island, C.Moore, Lind & J.P.Fullagar ; syn: MEL; isosyn: ?K.

Illustrations: A.N.Rodd in H.F.Recher & S.S.Clark, Environm. Survey Lord Howe Is. 24 (1974); I.Hutton, Lord Howe Is. 134 (1986).

Evergreen tree to 15 m tall; bark grey. Leaves somewhat coriaceous; petiole 5–10 mm long, stout; lamina broadly elliptic to almost oblanceolate or narrowly obovate, 5–12 cm long, 3–6 cm broad, attenuate onto petiole, entire, abruptly acuminate. Inflorescence axillary, decussate-cymose, 2–4 cm long, c. 7–12-flowered. Calyx shallow, less than 1 mm long; lobes broadly, bluntly triangular. Corolla green; lobes oblanceolate, 2 mm long. Stamens 4, subsessile; anthers ellipsoidal, 2 mm long. Ovary conical; style barely differentiated; stigma lobes small, shallow. Drupe ovoid-ellipsoidal, 5.5–6 cm long, with thin flesh, dark blue when ripe. 2n = 46, B.G.Briggs, Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 4: 127 (1970). Blue Plum . Fig. 85B–C.

Lord Howe Is. Endemic and common in the forests around the southern mountains from sea-level to c. 400 m altitude. Flowers late Nov.–May. 

L.H.Is.: track to Goat House, P.S.Green 1677 (A, K); Erskine Valley, N side of stream, L.A.S.Johnson & A.N.Rodd 1387 (K, NSW); loc. id. , A.C.Beauglehole 5788 (CANB, MEL); Erskine Valley, P.S.Green 1647 (A, K, NSW); N slope of Mt Gower, A.N.Rodd 1384 (K, NSW).


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