Syzygium oleosum—Blue Lilly Pilly—MYRTACEAE.

Syzygium oleosum

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Habitat— Grows in littoral, subtropical and warm-temperate rainforest.

Distribution—North from Mount Kembla in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree with flaky bark.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Elizabeth Beach, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point and Tiona.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein, undersurface hairless; lanceolate to elliptic, 3 to 12 cm long, 1 to 4 cm wide, apex usually long—acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous, upper surface green and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins faint in fresh material, more distinct when dried, intramarginal vein distinct; oil glands numerous and strongly translucent; petiole 2 to 10 mm long.

Syzygium oleosum
Syzygium oleosum

Inflorescence.— Panicles, in the upper axils. Petals 2 to 3.5 mm long, free and spreading. Stamens 6 to 15 mm long.

Flowering.—November to August.

Fruit.—Globose to ovoid, 10 to 25 mm diam., bluish to purple or magenta; seed solitary, embryo solitary with smooth cotyledons.

Ripe.—January to September.

Syzygium oleosum