Form and Size: A small erect or straggly tree, 3-10m high.
Distribution: Across northern tropical Australia; along
streams, in swampy areas, and often in dense stands in open woodlands.
Leaves: Broad, oval, flat, stiff, thick, smooth, dull dark green, 5-7
longitudinal veins, 7-19cm x 2.5-5.5cm; new growth hairy, pink to mauve.
Bark: grey to cream, fibrous, papery layers.
Flowers: Cream or greenish-cream, occasionally red or pink;
borne on dense cylindrical spikes 5-10cm x 4-6cm, carried in groups of 1-4.
Flowering Period: November to June.
Fruit: Capsules, woody, 0.3-0.5cm x 0.4- 0.6cm.
Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed. Adaptable to a wide
range of soils and conditions, but does well on heavy clays which are waterlogged in the wet.