Gossia acmenoides (Synonyms: Austromyrtus acmenoides, Austromyrtus acutiuscula)—Scrub Ironwood—MYRTACEAE

Gossia acmenoides

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical rainforest, but more commonly in dry rainforest.

Distribution—Chiefly north from the Hunter Valley but as far south as the Illawarra region in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small crooked tree to 18 m high with smooth, brown mottled bark; young shoots glabrous.

Local occurrences

Cape Hawke, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple,opposite with an intramarginal vein, stems and leaves not hairy, drawn out to a long or short point and oil dots usually distinct. Lamina ovate to elliptic, 2.5 to 7.5 cm long, 10 to 35 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, upper surface dull to moderately glossy, lower surface glabrous, oil glands not crowded; petiole 2 to 4 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Mostly 2–4–flowered, on a short lateral axis; pedicels 5 to 12 mm long. Hypanthium glabrous. Sepals 5, 1.5 to 2 mm long. Petals 3 to 5 mm long, white, minutely ciliate. Stamens 5 to 6 mm long. Ovary 2–locular; style 4 to 5 mm long.

Flowering.—Late spring to early autumn

Fruit—Fruit 4 to 6 mm diam., black

Ripe.—June to July.

Gossia acmenoides