Syzygium australe—Brush Cherry—MYRTACEAE.

Syzygium australe

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Habitat— Grows in all types of warmer rainforest, often along streams, coastal districts.

Distribution— North from Batemans Bay, New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree with flaky bark; young leafy twigs 4—angled to shortly 4—winged, wings joining above each node to produce a small pocket.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head Forster, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens Taree, Burgess Beach Forster, Burgess Road Forster, Cape Hawke Forster, Cliff Road Forster, Diamond Beach LRF, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve Forster, One Mile Beach Forster, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head Forster, Stephen Street Reserve Forster, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove Tuncurry, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve Forster.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein. Elliptic to obovate, 3 to 10 cm long, 1 to 3 cm wide, apex short—acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral and intermarginal veins generally visible; oil glands scattered, often faint; petiole 3 to 10 mm long.

Syzygium australe
Syzygium australe

Inflorescence.— Mostly botryoids, terminal and in the upper axils. Petals 4 to 6 mm long, free and spreading, white. Stamens 15 to 20 mm long.

Flowering.—Mainly spring.

Fruit.— ± obovoid, 15 to 25 mm long, c. 15 mm diam., reddish pink to red; seed usually solitary, embryo solitary with smooth cotyledons.

Ripe.—Mainly summer.

Syzygium australe