Gossia inophloia (Synonym: Austromyrtus inophloia)—Thready-bark Myrtle—MYRTACEAE

Gossia inophloia

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Habitat—In and on the margins of Sub–tropical Rainforest

Distribution—Endemic to Queensland. From Mt Glorious (North West of Brisbane) to Kin Kin district (South East of Gympie)

Description— Small to medium shrub to about 1.5 to 2 meters tall with a slightly weeping habit.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach

Leaves.—Simple, opposite, entire, oil glands small, sparse and indistinct, intramarginal vein present, young stems hairy. Leaves ovate to elliptic, 0.5 to 5 cm long, apex tapered or drawn out to a short point, base ± rounded, upper surface mostly hairless, lower surface finely hairy; lateral veins indistinct, frequently lacking an obvious intramarginal vein. New growth pink to red. oil dots sparse and often indistinct; petiole 1.5 to 3 mm long.

Gossia inophloia
Gossia inophloia

Inflorescence.— Small white flowers are about 7 mm in diameter and appear from the leaf axils, but are relatively inconspicuous.

Flowering.—Spring to early Summer

Fruit.— A berry, ±globose, 3 to 5 mm long, orange to red turning black when ripe.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn

Gossia inophloia