Syzygium ingens (Synonyms: Acmena ingens, Acmena brachyandra)—Red Apple—MYRTACEAE.

Syzygium ingens

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Habitat—In Rainforest on volcanic soil. The species reaches its best development in the red basaltic soils and is a common tree in the Rainforest along the McPherson Range.

Distribution—North from Mt Belmore in New South Wales to Gympie in Queensland.

Description—A tree attaining a height of 40 m and a stem diameter of 90 cm.
Trunk Often tall, straight and cylindrical, large trees often buttressed.
Outer bark Greyish brown to light grey, smooth. Underbark pink–fawn. Outer surface of live bark green, cream and pink–fawn to dark brown vertical streaks.
Branchlets Smooth, red. Usually angular or ribbed. New leaves bright red.

Local occurrences

Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens Taree, Raintrees Diamond Beach and Sea Acres National Park.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein, hairless, elliptical, 7 to 13 cm long, often protracted into a point at the tip, upper surface glossy, underside paler. Oil dots indistinct in old leaves but are often clearly visible in young growth. Leaf stalks 3 to 6 mm. often red.
Venation Distinct on both surfaces. Midrib sunken on the upper surface but prominently raised on the underside. Often red at the base becoming paler towards the tip.

Syzygium ingens
Syzygium ingens

Inflorescence.—White in panicles at the ends of the branches, shorter than the leaves. Calyx about 3 mm diameter, bell–shaped with four to six rounded lobes. Petals 1.2 to 1.8 mm long. Stamens numerous, about 1 mm long.

Flowering.—November to December

Fruit.—Berry, red, globular, 25 to 40 mm diameter, marked at the top by the circular scar of the calyx rim. Containing a single green seed which is surrounded by a red lined inner membrane and then a white succulent acid pulp.

Ripe.—May to September.

Syzygium ingens