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Carallia brachiata

Carallia brachiata FlowerCarallia brachiata FormCarallia brachiata Fruit

Common Name: Corkwood
Family: Rhizophoraceae
Form and Size: A small to medium tree, 5-10cm high with widely spreading branches.
Distribution: Qld., N.T. and W.A.; in coastal vine thickets, monsoon forests, on sand dunes, and extending to nearby islands.
Leaves: Opposite, oval, smooth, thin, blunt, glossy above, dull beneath, 7 - 15cm x 2 - 10cm.
Bark: Cream-grey, rough, corky.
Flowers: Small, cream-green, 0.2 - 0.3cm diameter; borne in small clusters on old wood.
Flowering Period: July to September or December to March.
Fruit: Berries, globular, smooth, red, about 0.6cm diameter; calyx prominent on end.
Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from fresh seed. This species is resistant to salt spray and saline soils.
Special Note: Torresian Imperial Pigeon food tree.

Carallia brachiata Caterpillar

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Source: Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the Tropics,
compiled by Keith Townsend for Society for Growing Australian Plants.

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