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Cryptocarya microneura (LAURACEAE) Murrogun, Brown jack, Murrogun laurel

Image: Flowers & Foliage


Cryptocarya m in bud
Photo: Robert Whyte

A medium tree growing up to 20 m. with simple, alternate leaves, blade dark glossy green above, paler almost glaucescent below. Leaves are oblong-elliptical drawn to a narrow blunt point at apex, 6-12 cm long.

Host plant for larvae of Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon choredon), Bronze Flat (Netrocoryne repanda repanda) and Common Red-eye or Eastern Dusk-flat (Chaetocneme beata).

White flowers in panicles from leaf axil or terminal. Flowering September to November. Black, globular drupe 6-12 mm long is ripe December to February.

Image: Flower buds


Cryptocarya microneura
Photo: Robert Whyte

In 2004 few if any flowers appeared on the Murrogun. In 2005 the flowers were profuse. Buds began appearing in the first week of September.

Image: Foliage and fruit (green)


Cryptocarya microneura
Photo: Robert Whyte

Fruit is a black, globular drupe 6-12 mm long, ripe December to February - this photograph shows the fruit still green but full size.

Image: Foliage and fruit (purple)


Cryptocarya microneura
Photo: Robert Whyte

Fruit is a black, globular drupe 6-12 mm long, ripe December to February - this photograph shows the fruit blue-purple but full size, on its way to being black.