Botanical name

Laurophyllus capensis

Family

Anacardiaceae

Common Name

Iron Martin, Ystermartiens
Laurophyllus capensis
Laurophyllus capensis
Laurophyllus capensis
Laurophyllus capensis

Description

Evergreen shrub or small tree up to 6m, resinous, densely leafy and evergreen. Bark charcoal-grey to brown, smooth;  leaves alternate, elliptic to oblong, glossy-green, margins toothed, leaf-stalk up to 2cm long; flowers small. white to yellowish, male in terminal panicles, female in dense, antler-like structures; sexes separate on different trees.

Habitat

Stream banks and coastal shrub or forests.

Flower Date

August to January