Backhousia citriodora —Lemon Ironwood, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon-scented Myrtle—MYRTACEAE

Backhousia citriodora

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Habitat— Sub-tropical rainforest, littoral rainforest and riverine scrub.

Distribution—Queensland coastal forests from Brisbane to Mackay

Description—Shrub or bushy tree, 3-8m, although some specimens grow up to 15m

Local occurrences

Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Tallwoods.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire or crenata, with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein, undersurface hairy, slightly rolled over. The blade is dull, dark green above and pale and softly hairy below. The leaves are elliptical to narrow—elliptical, bluntly or shortly pointed at apex, 7 to 10 cm long.

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Backhousia citriodora

Inflorescence.—Flowers creamy white, in terminal, umbel-like clusters.

Flowering.—December to March

Fruit.—A capsule, brownish, dry with persistent sepals.

Ripe.—March to May

Backhousia citriodora