Australian Native Plants

  Alyxia buxifolia (Sea Box)


Alyxia buxifolia photo
Alyxia buxifolia, Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria

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Alyxia buxifolia photo
Alyxia buxifolia, flowers

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Alyxia buxifolia photo
Alyxia buxifolia, flowers

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Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online,http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_scientific_a Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



SEA BOX FACTS

distribution map showing range of Alyxia buxifolia in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Sea Box

Description
Sea Box is a small compact shrub to 2 m tall. Leaves dark to mid green and arranged opposite to each other on stems; thick and leathery, elliptical to almost round in shape, smooth, 1-3 cm long.

Flowers scattered in small terminal clusters, with an orange cylindrical tube to 8 mm long and five white petals twisted in one direction as in a windmill fan. Fruit is an orange, globular drupe (fleshy) about 8 mm diameter.

Habitat
found in coastal habitats

Distribution
Native to Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.5 - 2
Spread (m): 0.5 - 2
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 400
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
the fruit of Sea Box is eaten by coastal birds



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Gentianales
Family:Apocynaceae
Genus:Alyxia
Species:buxifolia
Common Name:Sea Box