The interesting stuff is not always very obvious, as the forest patches are quite thick. and these plants are not necessarily Picture Post-card stuff. But they are interesting, if you check them out in detail.
This plant grows to a large shrub,
and has creamy-white heads of flowers
followed shortly afterwards by seeds which readily disperse.
It has a reputation as being a bit "weedy" in places.
It is however, relatively uncommon in Robertson.
I would rate this plants as marginal on the Red Basalt soil.
It is more common in the forest below the basalt,
and half-way down Macquarie Pass.
|Ripe fruits of Pittosporum undulatum|
|Under side of leaves of Pittosporum undulatum|
|Stenocarpus salignusThis is a tiny seedling, |
less than 20 cm high.
The fresh leaf tips are reddish brown.
|This is the upper side of a mature leaf of|
There is a prominent mid-vein and
Two other significant veins
which are roughly half-way between
the mid vein and the leaf margin.
Small veins run off
the mid-vein at an acute angle.
That leaf venation detail is shown quite well in the PlantNET botanical illustration.
|Botanical illustration of|
leaf and flowers of Stenocarpus salignus
|Under side of the same leaves|
(as above) of Stenocarpus salignusOnly the mid vein is prominently seen,
from below, in this example.
|These leaves of Stenocarpus salignus |
are really fresh
and light green,
with the characteristic reddish tips.
Old leaves go dull and leathery.
|Stenocarpus salignusThis young plant is growing strongly now.Note how the leaf shape and colour make it stand out|
from other vegetation in the background.