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October

Pavetta australiensis

(Pavetta; Butterfly Bush)

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).

Anchor 1
Anchor 2

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. Banana shaped yellow fruit to 4.5cm, often in pairs, opens to show red seeds POISONOUS.  Flowering spring to summer. Fruiting around February.

Where to look: Arts & Ecology Centre. & throughout the Gardens.

Anchor 3

Elaeocarpus reticulatus

(Blueberry Ash)

Family: Elaeocarpaceae

Tree to 16m. Leaves alternate, toothed. 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.