Aphananthe philippinensis

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Aphananthe philippinensisFamily: Cannabaceae
Genus: Aphananthe
Common names: Rough-leaved elm, Native elm, Grey Handlewood
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Last year I didn’t notice any flowers on this species but found the trees covered in fruit in February. I now know why I missed the flowers – they are quite inconspicuous. This species is monoecious and produces small bunches of tiny male flowers about 3mm across along the stems. The small female flowers are borne in small numbers towards the ends of the branchlets. The fruit is edible and popular with fruit eating birds. (October 2008)