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Breynia cernua (Syn.Breynia sp. 'Iron Range') - Red Coffee-Bush, Iron Range Breynia | by Black Diamond Images
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Breynia cernua (Syn.Breynia sp. 'Iron Range') - Red Coffee-Bush, Iron Range Breynia

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Family : Phyllanthaceae/Euphorbiaceae


An attractive small bushy shrub or tree from the Iron Range area of Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland. It has red fruits and will grow to 3-4 m with soft deep burgundy-red ovate leaves. Can possibly be grown as far south as Sydney at least I would imagine. Easy from cuttings and seed germinates reliably. Grows in shade or full sun with the leaves a deeper burgundy in full sun.


The CSIRO Key (2010) provides descriptive details of 4 species of Breynia :

Breynia cernua

Breynia oblongifolia

Breynia sp. Black Mountain (B.Hyland 25658RFK)

Breynia stipitata


The Queensland Plant Census 2010 only lists 2 species

Breynia cernua

Breynia oblongifolia


I am under the impression that Brenyia stipitata is now regarded as a synonym of Breynia Cernua.

My research to date has been unable to establish if Breynia sp. Iron Range is regarded as just a leaf colour variant of Breynia cernua OR is a new species pending.

Certainly the maroon leaved species pictured above has been widely sold in many plant nurseries both in Australia and overseas as Breynia sp. Iron Range.

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Taken on January 12, 2011