Springbrook Ardisia 

Ardisia bakeri
Plant Type
Small Tree
Subtropical rainforest, Warm subtropical rainforest
Conservation Status
Near threatened

This Near Threatened small tree is noticeable by its symmetrical shape with distinct horizontal branching and leaves that zig-zag on a horizontal plane. New leaves are a bright yellow, contrasting against mature green foliage. Small white single flowers are followed by small fruit (to 1cm); the fruit maintains a bright red colour before turning black when ripe. Springbrook Ardisia occurs on the richer, basalt soils in a variety of forest types, from cool subtropical to subtropical forests. While now threatened, this species was thought to be more widespread in the alluvial flats of the Tweed River (just south of Springbrook) which was extensively cleared and is now mostly covered in sugar cane farms.