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Veined Mock Olive

Notelaea venosa
Veined Mock Olive

The dull-green, stiff-textured leaves distinguish this bushy shrub or small tree. The leaves are opposite, with pointed tips, and the yellowish midvein is raised on the upper surface. The lateral veins and the network of smaller veins between them are also visible on the upper surface.The edges of the leaves are often wavy.

On close examination, a row of 2-3 small, red-brown leaf buds can be seen in the fork between the leaf and the main stem.

The small, yellowish flowers appear as short sprays in the forks of the leaves in spring to early summer. The blue-black fruit is egg-shaped, 1-2 cm long, with a single, large seed. It ripens mainly in the winter.

Notelaea venosa can be propagated from fresh seed which has had the flesh removed but the seeds can take up to 6 months to germinate. It is hardy but slow growing and could be planted on the edge of a rainforest remnant or in a regeneration patch with some cover. The fruit is eaten by Wonga Pigeons.

Distribution: The variety of this species that occurs at Robertson is found from Lakes Entrance (Vic) to Hastings River (Northern NSW).