Breynia oblongifolia Johannes Mueller Argoviensis, circa 1850
Willgar or Coffee Bush
PHYLLANTHACEAE
  
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Breynia oblongifolia flowers
Flowers

This shrub grows to a height of about 3 metres. It occurs in the wild over much of Queensland, Australia. The plant has soft elliptical leaves each with a length up to 2 cms. The flowers are inconspicuous, on the undersides of the stems at the leaf axils, each with a diameter of about 3 mm.

Breynia oblongifolia fruit
Fruit

The fruit are round berries with a diameter up to 0.5 cms. Initially they are red, and they turn black as they ripen.

The foliage is food for the Caterpillars of several Australian butterflies and moths:

Achaea argilla, NOCTUIDAE

Avatha discolor, NOCTUIDAE

Dysgonia frontinus, NOCTUIDAE

Dysgonia latizona, NOCTUIDAE

Dysgonia solomonensis, NOCTUIDAE

Eurema hecabe, (Common Grass Yellow) PIERIDAE

an undetermined Lymantriid, LYMANTRIIDAE

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(updated 17 August 2008, 3 November 2013)