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Elaeodendron melanocarpum (syn. Cassine melanocarpa)

Scanned image of Eleaodendron melanocarpum

(Black Olive Plum, False Plum)

FAMILY

Celastraceae

Species

Elaeodendron melanocarpum (syn. Cassine melanocarpa)

Common name(s)

Black Olive Plum, false Plum

Flower colour; life form

White; shrub, tree

Campus

Townsville

Description

This species is often found growing in rocky areas as a sprawling shrub but in sheltered areas it is sometimes found as a tree to 15 m tall. This is the form on the Townsville campus. The opposite leaves are obovate to elliptical to 14 x 7 c, thick, leathery and glossy crenate margins. Separate male and female plants with small whitish flowers. Fruits are black, fleshy with a stony endocarp, and up to 2 cm long with 1-3 seeds per fruit.