Coffee Bush (species: Breynia oblongifolia) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Breynia oblongifolia
Coffee Bush

©Anne Hoggett: Breynia oblongifolia at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Breynia oblongifolia bush about 1 m tall at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Breynia oblongifolia at Lizard Island Research Station.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Malpighiales
Family Phyllanthaceae
Genus Breynia
Species Breynia oblongifolia



Distinguishing features

A bush or small tree with distinctive leaves: all in one plane, alternate, to 3 cm long x 2 cm broad. Inconspicuous flowers form in the leaf axils, developing into bright red/pink fruits. At Lizard Island, fruits grow on the upper side of the stem, not drooping below.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Abundant along the vehicle track between LIRS and airstrip.

Web resources


  • De Sloover, J.R. and M. Dufrene (1999). Flora and vegetation of Turtell V, Turtell Islands Group (Queensland, Australia), Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg./ Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg., 67: 45-97. LIRS catalog number 577.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and A.-L. Jacquemart (2008). Nymph Island (Great Barrier Reef, Qld., Australia): Flora and vegetation of a low wooded island, Scripta Botanica Belgica, 43: 1-88. LIRS catalog number 1210.