Lenwebbia prominens—Velvet Myrtle—MYRTACEAE

Lenwebbia prominens

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical rainforest, often on stream banks.

Distribution— North from the Lismore district in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Shrub or small tree to 9 m high with reddish brown rough, scaly bark; branchlets densely covered with fawn to dark brown hairs.


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Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire with a intramarginal vein, stems and leaf undersurface hairy, elliptic to lanceolate, usually 3 to 10 cm long and 20 to 35 mm wide, lower surface finely pubescent, apex acute or acuminate; petiole 3 to 8 mm long.

Lenwebbia prominens
Lenwebbia prominens

Inflorescence.—Axillary, solitary, in pairs or rarely 3–flowered cymes; pedicels 8 to 25 mm long. Hypanthium silky. Sepals triangular, 1 to 2 mm long. Petals 4 to 5 mm long, white. Stamens up to 6 mm long. Ovary 3–locular; style 3 to 5 mm long.


Fruit.—6 to 10 mm long, 5 to 8 mm diam., ovid to globose, crowned b the calyx, purple to black.


Lenwebbia prominens