Fallen leatherwood flower (Eucryphia lucida) on moss, Lake St Clair
Fallen leatherwood flower (Eucryphia lucida) on moss, Lake St Clair (photograph: Luke O'Brien)

Leatherwood

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​​From an ancient group of paleoendemic​ plants (formally widespread but now restricted to a smaller area), the leatherwood is named for its small, leathery leaves. The leatherwood is well known in Tasmania for the distinctive tasting honey produced from its nectar, a lovely yellow, gummy substance collected from the white flowers. During the warmer months of December and January, the four-pet​alled, 3cm diameter flowers can cover​ the whole tree in a white cloak. Leatherwood trees are found in rainforests of the western, central and southern regions.

Common name: Leatherwood​

Scientific name: Eucryphia lucida

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