Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tristaniopsis laurina - Water Gum

Tristaniopsis laurina: Tristaniopsis, named for Jules Tristan, French botanist; laurina, resembling the laurel tree.

Also known as Tristania laurina, Laurel Leaf Box.

Clusters of small (1/8 - 1/4") yellow 5-petaled flowers somewhat fragrant in April and May.

Thick leathery leaves.

Newest twigs look black.

Attractive thin mottled bark peels in irregular flakes to reveal light tan or whitish underbark.

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