Syzygium francisii—Giant Water Gum—MYRTACEAE.

Syzygium francisii

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Habitat— Grows in subtropical, dry and littoral rainforest, often in alluvial valleys.

Distribution— Chiefly north from Seal Rocks in New South Wales (also south to near Gosford) to North Queensland.

Description—Medium-sized to large buttressed tree with slightly flaky bark.

Local occurrences

Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Sea Acres National Park.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, oil dots invisible or occasionally distinct but sparse, stipules absent, intramarginal vein, ovate to elliptic, mostly 4 to 8 cm long, 1.5 to 3.5 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate, margins undulate, glabrous, discolorous; lateral and intramarginal veins distinct on lower surface; oil glands sparse, mostly obscure; petiole 4 to 9 mm long.

Syzygium francisii
Syzygium francisii

Inflorescence.— Panicles, branches umbel—like, terminal and axillary. Petals 2 to 3 mm long, white. Stamens 3 to 6 mm long.

Flowering.—October to December.

Fruit.— Depressed—globose, 7 to 13 mm long, 10 to 20 mm diam., purplish blue; seeds 1 or 2, embryo solitary with smooth cotyledons.

Ripe.—January to March.

Syzygium francisii