Willgar or Coffee Bush
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.
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)