Bot. Mag. 17: 234 (2000) APNI
Erect to spreading shrub (1–)2–5(–6) m high, dioecious (in Vic.). Branchlets glabrous, or rarely, hispidulous, often tapering to spinose tips, often with slender lateral spines ca 1 cm long; branching angle mostly 45°–50°. Juvenile leaves usually broadly obovate, conspicuously dentate, often larger than adults; adult leaves oblong to narrowly obovate, (6–)25–40(–67) mm long, (2–)4–6(–11) mm wide, solitary or in fascicles of 2–5(–7), subsessile or sessile, margins usually callus-toothed to serrate with 1–20 teeth per margin, often confined to the distal half; apex acute to obtuse; leaves with stomata on lower surface only, glabrous, or with minute, scattered hairs just above base; lateral veins usually evident. Inflorescences 1- or 2- (rarely to 4-)flowered, axillary to old leaves or their petiole scars. Flowers pedicellate with a pair of small bracteoles between base and mid-point; sepals unequal, imbricate, 0.6–1.8 mm long; corolla campanulate, pale yellow to lemon yellow, daphe-scented (stronger in males). Male flowers with pedicels 2.5–6 mm long; corolla 3.0–4.0 mm long; anthers sessile, oblong, 1.4–1.8 mm long, with a membranous, orange-brown, denticulate appendage, exceeding anthers by ca. 1.3 mm; ovary and stigma vestigial. Female flowers with pedicels (1.5–)1.8–2.5 mm long; corolla 2–2.7 mm long; staminodes 0.7–0.8 mm long, sometimes with an appendage exceeding anther by up to 0.8 mm; ovary ovoid ca 1.5 mm long; style ca 1 mm long. Berry ellipsoid to ovoid, 7–8 mm long, 5–7 mm diam., maturing to bluish-grey or completely white; seeds 1 or 2, (1–)2, 3–4 mm long, plano-convex in section. Flowers Aug.–Oct.
CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP. Except mallee areas, northern plains, alps and South Gippsland, widespread in the State, commonly growing beside streams, often amongst rocks. Sometimes co-extensive with M. angustifolius subsp. divaricatus on the Volcanic Plain west of Melbourne.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|