From an ancient group of paleoendemic plants (formerly 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-petalled, 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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