Myrsine howittiana—Brush Muttonwood, Howitt's Muttonwood,—PRIMULACEAE.

Myrsine howittiana

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Habitat—In rainforest and often on margins with moist open forest; widespread on the coast and lower ranges to c. 700 m altitude, but not common in coastal areas on the North Coast.

Distribution—From southern Victoria to Fraser Island in Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree; bark smooth, grey; with terminal buds rusty—hairy.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Cape Hawke, Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Sanctuary, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, terminal buds rusty—hairy, obovate to oblanceolate or elliptic, 4 to 13 cm long, mostly 2 to 4 cm wide, margins undulate, transparent, upper surface shiny and dark green, lower surface duller and paler, lateral veins faint on fresh material, more prominent in dried leaves; petiole 7 to 14 mm long.

Myrsine howittiana
Myrsine howittiana Myrsine howittiana
Myrsine howittiana

Inflorescence—Fascicles of 6 to 10 flowers. Flowers 4 to 5—merous, corolla greenish—white to cream.


Fruit— 5 to 7 mm diam., blue or mauve; pedicel ± stout, finely hairy.

Ripe.—December to June.

Myrsine howittiana