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red ash, soap tree
Alphitonia excelsa
Alphitonia excelsa (Leaf)


Photo courtesy of Keith Townsend.
Plant Family :Rhamnaceae
Plant Form :tree
Growth Habit :Tree 7-15m tall
Fruiting Season :Winter
Description :Crushed leaves will lather in water and used as a soap substitute, an infusion of leaves in warm water is used for bathing headaches and an infusion of bark, root and wood is rubbed on the body as a liniment for body pains.
Distribution :Common local species. Across northern Australia, in rainforest, open forest and arid areas.
Introduced :No
Seen North Qld :  Yes

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