Tree 17

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(Celtis paniculata)

Native Celtis can grow to a tall, slender tree in wet rainforest but can also adapt to exposed coastlines where, with other rainforest species, it forms a low scrub community referred to as Semi-Evergreen Vine Thicket, or littoral rainforest. The species also occurs on South Pacific Islands. On Norfolk Island, where it is named Whitewood, it is common in the surviving forest zones.

The small black fruit are readily dispersed by fig birds, olive-backed orioles and a variety of fruit eating birds such as rose-crowned fruit doves and the migratory topknot pigeon. This dispersal characteristic is shared with many other species of trees and vines and helps ensure that diverse beach scrub communities can survive impacts such as drought and cyclonic events.

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Tree No 17 Native Celtis

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