Lophostemon confertus—Brush Box—MYRTACEAE.

Lophostemon confertus

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Habitat—In and on margins of any type of Rainforest except Cool-temperate and in adjacent tall open forest.

Distribution—North from Port Stephens in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Large to very large tree with rough brown bark on lower trunk and smooth pinkish brown bark on upper trunk and branches

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, in whorls or pseudo—whorls, resin present in petioles or twigs, oil dots numerous, broad–elliptic to ovate to lanceolate, 9 to 17.5 cm long, 2.5 to 4.5 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate, leathery, glossy green, glabrous; petiole 20 to 25 mm long.

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Inflorescence—3 to 7–flowered cymes, usually borne in the axil of a caducous scale. Sepals 3 to 5 mm long, caducous or very rarely persistent. Petals circular, 6 to 9 mm long. Stamens very numerous, fascicles narrow, 10 to 20 mm long.

Flowering.—October to December.

Fruit— Turbinate to hemispherical, 8 to 12 mm diam.; seeds 2 to 3 mm long.

Ripe.—December to January.