Eupomatia laurina R.Br.


Voy. Terra Austr. 2: 597, t.2 (1814) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tall, many-stemmed or small rather bushy tree to c. 6(–9) m high. Branchlets often drooping, brown or black. Leaves bright green, glossy on the upper surface, sometimes with a coppery tinge (particularly on new growth), elliptic to obovate 5–15.5 cm long, 2–5.8 cm wide; petiole c. 6 mm long. Flowers white to cream, 2–2.5 cm diam., strongly perfumed. Fruit mostly urn-shaped, 1.5–2 cm diam. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

EGL, EGU. Also Qld, NSW. New Guinea. Restricted to warm-temperate rainforest and moist places in more open forest, eastwards from about Nowa Nowa. A single record from Dandenong in 1901 is likely to be of cultivated origin.

Pollination is by beetles. Pulp of the ripe fruit is edible.

Source: Foreman, D.B. (1996). Eupomatiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Magnolianae
order Magnoliales
family Eupomatiaceae
genus Eupomatia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eupomatia laurina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eupomatia laurina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory