Decaspermum parviflorum— Silky Myrtle—MYRTACEAE.

Decaspermum parviflorum

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Habitat— Grows in coastal or riparian rainforest.

Distribution— North from Gosford area in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Shrub or tree to 15 m high; young branchlets silky, glabrescent with age.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Forster Cemetery, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Red Head and Sea Acres National Park.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein, undersurface hairy. Lamina ovate to lanceolate, 2 to 8 cm long, 15 to 30 mm wide, apex acuminate, base ± attenuate, margins entire and recurved, at first silky then upper surface glabrous and glossy, lower surface ± sparsely hairy; venation inconspicuous; oil glands numerous; petiole 4 to 7 mm long.

Decaspermum parviflorum
Decaspermum parviflorum Decaspermum parviflorum
Decaspermum parviflorum

Inflorescence—Usually axillary botryoids up to 7 cm long, less commonly 3—flowered cymes; peduncle 2 to 5 mm. Hypanthium silky. Sepals up to 1 mm long. Petals ± circular, 3 to 5 mm long, white. Stamens 2 to 3 mm long, ± as long as the style. Stigma small, capitate.

Flowering.—September to October.

Fruit—Berry globose, 4 to 8 mm diam.; seeds 8 to 10, black.

Ripe.—May to June.

Decaspermum parviflorum