Gossia bidwillii (Synonyms: Austromyrtus bidwillii, Austromyrtus racemulosa)—Python Tree—MYRTACEAE

Gossia bidwillii

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Habitat—Grows in drier rainforests; in coastal districts and coastal ranges.

Distribution—North from the Hunter Valley, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Tree to 25 m high with smooth, brown and green blotched bark; young shoots glabrous.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Dixon Property, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.—Simple, entire, opposite with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein, tapering or narrowed to a fine point; lamina ovate to broad—elliptic, mostly 3 to 9 cm long, 15 to 45 mm wide, apex acuminate, upper surface dull to glossy, glabrous, lower surface dull to glossy, glabrous, oil glands densely crowded; petiole 2 to 8 mm long.

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Inflorescence—Usually in axillary raceme—like inflorescences, often paired in the axils of the bracteoles; pedicels 3 to 9 mm long. Hypanthium glabrous or glabrescent. Sepals 5, petaloid, 0.5-1.5mm long. Petals usually 5, 2 to 5.5 mm long, white, finely ciliate. Stamens 2 to 5 mm long. Ovary 2—locular;style 2 to 5 mm long.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit—5 to 10 mm diam., black, glabrous; seeds 2 or 3 in mature fruit.

Ripe.—Summer.

Gossia bidwillii