Alyxia buxifolia R.Br.


Prodr. 470 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 2.5 m high, but often stunted and wind-shorn. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, broad-elliptic to obovate, 10–45 mm long, 5–25 mm wide, thick, rigid, apex rounded and mucronate, rarely emarginate, base cuneate, margins recurved, upper surface shiny dark-green, lower surface paler, glabrous; petiole 1–5 mm long. Cymes axillary or terminal, to c. 8-flowered. Flowers on pedicels 1–3 mm long; sepals c. 2 mm long; corolla-tube c. 8 mm long, swollen near apex, orange, corolla-lobes c. 5 mm long, twisted, white. Drupes 1 or 2 per flower, each with 1 or 2 articles; articles ellipsoid to globose, 4–10 mm diam., usually 1-seeded, red to orange. Flowers spring–autumn.

Brid, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also WA, SA, Tas. Widespread in coastal Victoria, usually on cliffs and old dunes, often in very exposed sites.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Apocynaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
genus Alyxia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Alyxia buxifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Alyxia buxifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales