Symplocos thwaitesii F.Muell.

Buff Hazelwood

Fragm. 3: 22 (1862) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Shrub or tree to 20 m high. Branchlets and terminal buds glabrous. Leaves glabrous, oblanceolate to narrow-elliptic, leathery, 8–17 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, apex acuminate to acute, base cuneate, margin usually dentate, occasionally entire, petiole 0.5–2 cm long, yellow. Inflorescence axillary, basally branched, spikes, panicles or racemes, 5–15 cm long, bracts caducous, 1.5–2 mm long, pedicels 0.8 mm long; sepals 1.5–2 mm long; petals white, 6–7 mm long; stamens c. 100, white, as long as the petals; disk ring-like or 5-lobed. Fruit ovoid to flask-shaped, purple to black, 5–15 mm long, 4–8 mm wide. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

EGL, EGU. Also Qld, NSW. In Victoria known only from warm-temperate rainforest beside the Snowy River north-west of Orbost.

Source: Jobson, P.C. (1996). Symplocaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Symplocaceae
genus Symplocos
Higher taxa


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

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New South Wales