Archirhodomyrtus beckleri—Rose Myrtle—MYRTACEAE

Archirhodomyrtus beckleri

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest or on rainforest margins.

Distribution—North from Williams River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Shrub or tree to 6 m high; branchlets red-brown, sparsely hairy to glabrous

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Coorabakh National Park, Dorrigo National Park, Kiwarrak State Forest, Myall Lakes National Park, Raintrees Diamond Beach and Tapin Tops National Park

Leaves.—Simple, opposite, entire, oil glands small and numerous but inconspicuous, strongly 3–veined from the base; lanceolate or ovate to elliptic, 3 to 8.5 cm long, 10 to 30 mm wide, apex bluntly acuminate, base cuneate, upper surface glabrous and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins not conspicuous, intramarginal vein distant from margin; petiole 2 to 6 mm long.

Archirhodomyrtus beckleri
Archirhodomyrtus beckleri

Inflorescence.—Usually solitary, occasionally 2 or 3 on a common peduncle up to 15 mm long. Hypanthium urceolate, glabrous. Petals obovate to elliptic, 4.5 to 6 mm long, white or pink. Stamens 2.5 to 3.5 mm long, deep pink. Ovary 3–locular

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Berry globose or ovoid, 5 to 7 mm diam., smooth, yellow to orange

Ripe.—Summer

Archirhodomyrtus beckleri