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Erythroxylum
Erythroxylum australe F.Muell.
Cocaine Bush
This tree was growing in monsoon vine forest in North Queensland. The infamous Coca Tree of South America is in the same genus. The leaves contain 0.8% meteloidine, an alkaloid similar to cocaine. All Erythroxylum trees are banned in New South Wales despite this species being native in New South Wales.


  Erythroxylum australe Erythroxylum australe
 
  Description:Flower and leaves Description:Flower - side view
Location: Forty Mile Scrub National Park, Mt Garnet, North  Queensland Location: Forty Mile Scrub National Park, Mt Garnet, North  Queensland
  GPS coordinates: 18˚06.5232S 144˚49.5330E GPS coordinates: 18˚06.5232S 144˚49.5330E
  Date:22 January 2017 Date:22 January 2017
  Field No.:5950 Field No.:5950
     
  Erythroxylum australe Erythroxylum australe
 
  Description:Flower and leaves Description:Leaves with spider
  Location: Forty Mile Scrub National Park, Mt Garnet, North  Queensland Location: Forty Mile Scrub National Park, Mt Garnet, North  Queensland
  GPS coordinates: 18˚06.5232S 144˚49.5330E GPS coordinates: 18˚06.5232S 144˚49.5330E
  Date:22 January 2017 Date:22 January 2017
  Field No.:5950 Field No.:5950
     
  Erythroxylum australe Erythroxylum australe
 
  Description:Bark Description:Tree in habitat
  Location: Forty Mile Scrub National Park, Mt Garnet, North  Queensland Location: Forty Mile Scrub National Park, Mt Garnet, North  Queensland
  GPS coordinates: 18˚06.5232S 144˚49.5330E GPS coordinates: 18˚06.5232S 144˚49.5330E
  Date:22 January 2017 Date:22 January 2017
  Field No.:5950 Field No.:5950
     


References (accessed 31 March 2017):

http://keys.trin.org.au/key-server/data/0e0f0504-0103-430d-8004-060d07080d04/media/Html/taxon/Erythroxylum_australe.htm


http://www.ttit.id.au/treepages/cocainebush.htm

Williams, K.A.W. (1987), Native Plants of Queensland 3:118



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Erythroxylum australe