Category Archives: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn family)

Alphitonia whitei (Rhamnaceae)

This handsome endemic rainforest tree is known commonly Red Ash, although it has no relation to real ashes (Fraxinus). Instead, Alphitonias are related to Jujubes (Ziziphus). The species is also known as Sarsaparilla due to the liniment smell that it … Continue reading

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Alphitonia whitei (Rhamnaceae)

This handsome endemic rainforest tree is known commonly as Sarsaparilla due to the liniment smell that it emits when leaves or twigs are broken. Among the Alphitonias I find this a rather an interesting member. Most other Alphitonias are more … Continue reading

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Ventilago ecorollata (Rhamnaceae)

Saw this vine with relatively small leaves (less than 10cm long) in a little ranforest patch at Tinaroo and my instant impression of it was that of the Antarctic Beech, Nothofagus moorei. But of course, Nothofagus does not occur as … Continue reading

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Rhamnella vitiense (Rhamnaceae)

This scrambler or shrub is common in coastal forest. Flowers seem hard to come by but the plant can be recognized by the glossy leaves, stipules at the leaf attachment to the stem and strongly grooved leaf stalks. Immature fruit … Continue reading

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