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Monotoca elliptica

Monotoca elliptica, or Tree Broom Heath, is generally a medium shrub 1 – 4 m, although Victorian references indicate up to 8 m.

The scattering of red fruit among the green foliage was quite eye-catching on the Banks-Solander track, with most plants around 2 m. The fruit is edible, but not very large. Flowering was from around September with a profusion of small– greenish-white flowers.

Image by Peter Shelton, Montotoca elliptica in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in November 2018, showing ripening fruit. 

Peter Shelton

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