Trema tomentosa var. aspera (Brongn.) Hewson

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 21: 89 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: extinct (x)

Shrub or small tree to 8 m tall. Leaves papery to leathery; lamina broadly ovate to lanceolate, 2–8 cm long, light green, rough above, smoother and paler beneath; margins serrate to minutely serrate; apex acuminate; base cordate to rounded, symmetric to asymmetric; nerves in 3–8 pairs, the lowest pair frequently giving a 3-nerved appearance; petiole 3–6 mm long; stipules linear-lanceolate, c. 5 mm long. Inflorescence few–many-flowered, to c. 4 cm long. Flowers globose, c. 2 mm diam.; perianth persistent. Drupe ovoid, 2–4 mm long, black.  Flowers summer.

WA, NT, Qld, NSW. Collected only once in Victoria, near Mallacoota Inlet in 1937, and now presumed extinct in this State. It extends up the east coast of Australia from southern New South Wales to Cape York, growing in the margins of rainforest and vine thickets, and in eucalypt woodland.

Sometimes toxic to livestock.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Ulmaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Trema tomentosa var. viridis (Planch.) Hewson).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Cannabaceae
genus Trema
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Trema tomentosa var. aspera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Trema tomentosa var. aspera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct cultivated

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory