Common name: Pepperina WARNING TOXIC
Botanical name: Schinus molle
Other common names: Pepper tree, Molle
Distribution: it is now naturalised in some areas of southern Queensland.
Field Notes: A small tree to 8m tall with a drooping habit and soft feathery leaves. Previously popular as a garden ornamental in inland areas. The tree is quite resinous and aromatic, especially noticeable when the leaves are crushed. The flowers are small and white, with petals about 2.5mm long, and occur in massed inflorescences. Flowers late spring to early autumn.
The leaves consist of 9 to 19 leaflets that are sub-opposite, narrowly ovate, 2 to 4.5cm long and 0.3 to 0.6cm wide.
The fruit are berries, shiny pink to red in colour, rounded in shape and about 5mm in diameter, maturing late spring to early autumn.
The sticky, clear sap may cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals.
Symptoms:If berries are eaten they may cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
When flowering, the tree may cause respiratory irritation, sinus congestion and headache.