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Pavetta australiensis


Family: Rubiaceae

Shrub to 4m. Clusters of showy, perfumed white, 4-petalled, 8mm flowers. Stipules to 5mm. Leaves opposite, hairless & glossy to 14cm. Globose, black fruit to 8mm. Important for butterflies & moths. Usually in drier rainforests.

Where to look: Northern side of walkway between Fern Glade and bottom of lagoon (in direction of open lawns, just past the Bolwarras).


Tabernaemontana pandacaqui

(Banana Bush)

Family: Apocynaceae

Shrub, semi-deciduous to 2m. Leaves opposite, hairless to 9cm. Milky sap. White 5-petalled perfumed flowers to 25mm, spring to summer. Banana shaped yellow fruit to 4.5cm, often in pairs, opens to show red seeds POISONOUS.

Where to look: Throughout the gardens and around the A&E.


Elaeocarpus reticulatus

(Blueberry Ash)

Family: Elaeocarpaceae

Tree to 16m. Leaves alternate, toothed, to 4 x 13cm. New growth pink, showy, old leaves sometimes red. Flowers spring and summer, white, 10mm, fringed in racemes. Fruit bright blue, oval, 10mm long.

Where to look: Throughout the gardens.