Syzygium moorei—Durobby, Coolamon, Watermelon Tree, Rose Apple.—Myrtaceae.

Syzygium moorei

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Habitat—Grows in lowland subtropical rainforest,now rare.

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

Description—Medium—sized to large tree, bark flaky.

Local occurrences

Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Raintrees Diamond Beach and Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein. Oblong to obovate or elliptic, mostly 9 to 16 cm long, 3.5 to 8 cm wide, apex obtuse or short—acuminate, base ± attenuate, thick, glabrous, discolorous; lateral veins numerous, intramarginal vein faint or sometimes irregular; oil glands sparse, barely translucent; petiole 2 to 10 mm long.

Syzygium moorei
Syzygium moorei

Inflorescence.— Much—branched panicles, usually ramiflorous. Petals c. 5 mm long, pink. Stamens 8 to 15 mm long.

Flowering.—November to March.

Fruit.— Depressed—globose, 20 to 30 mm long, 35 to 50 mm diam., greenish white; seed solitary, 2—lobed, embryo solitary with wrinkled cotyledons.

Ripe.—March to May.

Syzygium moorei