Syzygium fibrosum —Fibrous Satinash, Bamaga Fibrous Satinash and Apricot Satinash—MYRTACEAE

Syzygium fibrosum

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Habitat—Grows as an understory tree in well developed rainforest, particularly the drier, more seasonal rainforest and gallery forest.

Distribution— Occurs in Northern Territory, Cape York Peninsula and North East Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 450 m. Also occurs in New Guinea and the Aru Islands.

Description—Shrub, 1 to 6 meters tall

Local occurrences

Hunter Regional Botanic Gardens, Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.—Simple, entire, opposite with distinct oil dots, veins not very obvious on either the upper or lower surfaces. Midrib depressed on the upper surface at least towards the base of the leaf blade. Leaf blade much paler on the underside.

Syzygium fibrosum

Inflorescence.—Bracts often present at anthesis. Calyx tube (hypanthium) plus pedicel about 5 to 9 mm long, calyx tube (hypanthium) about 3 to 5 mm diam., calyx lobes more or less uniform, triangular to narrowly triangular, about 4 to 5 mm long. Petals spathulate, lanceolate or more or less orbicular, about 6 to 7 by 2 to 3 mm when spathulate, slightly wider when orbicular, oil dots visible, about 30 to 50 per petal. Outer staminal filaments about 15 to 25 mm long, anthers about 1 by 0.7 mm, gland terminal, reasonably conspicuous. Ovules 10 to 18 per locule, placentas central, ovules radiating, ascending. Style about 18 to 30 mm, approximating the stamens. White to pale yellow.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Globular or depressed globular, about 10 to 16 by 18 to 21 mm, calyx lobes persistent, about 4 to 5 mm long, pericarp fleshy, slightly fibrous. Numerous, Red.

Ripe.—Summer