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Pinkwood

Eucryphia moorei
Eucryphiaceae
Plumwood, Pinkwood
Common

This is usually a small to medium tree (rarely large) around Robertson, easily recognized by its soft, almost fern-like foliage. The leaves are compound, made up of 2-5 pairs of opposite leaflets and a longer terminal leaflet. These are rounded at the tip, with a short, very fine point. The new shoots are sticky.

In March and April, the trees have many broad, white, 4-petalled flowers, up to 3 cm across, so they stand out in the rainforest patches. The fruit, which are dry and egg-shaped, ripen in April and May and split at the tip to release small, brown, winged seeds. The species can be grown from seed, takes 3-5 weeks to germinate, is quite hardy and makes an attractive tree for the garden. It is closely related to the Tasmanian Leatherwood, Eucryphia lucida.

Pinkwood is present in several remnant forest patches but not in the Nature Reserve. It is important that it should be protected around Robertson where it is near the northern limit of its range and perhaps the only place in the region where it occurs on basalt soil.

Distribution: Howe Range (Vic) to Woronora Plateau (NSW).