Common name: Pepperina
Botanical name: Schinus molle.
Other common names: Pepper tree, Molle
General description: A small tree to 8m tall with a drooping habit and soft feathery leaves. Previously popular as a garden ornamental in inland areas, it is now naturalised in some areas of southern Queensland. The tree is quite resinous and aromatic, especially noticeable when the leaves are crushed.
Flowers: The flowers are small and white, with petals about 2.5mm long, and occur in massed inflorescences. Flowers late spring to early autumn.
Leaves: 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.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are berries, shiny pink to red in colour, rounded in shape and about 5mm in diameter, maturing late spring to early autumn.
Other: 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.
Toxicity category: 2, 3, 4