Bridelia exaltata

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Bridelia exaltataFamily: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Bridelia
Common names: Brush ironbark
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This is a medium to large tree attaining a height of about 30 metres, but the tallest I have seen in the reserve is only about 15 metres. It is relatively common here and quite distinctive in the way it produces root suckers when its roots are disturbed. A small clump of these can be seen towards the bottom end of the northern firetrail. This species is monoecious with separate male and female flowers on the same tree. I didn’t spot the flowers but the trees are now carrying a good crop of fruit. The fleshy fruit generally carry two seeds and turn yellow then black when ripe. Birds are reported to be attracted to the ripe fruit. (January 2009)