Pilidiostigma glabrum—Plum Myrtle—MYRTACEAE

Pilidiostigma glabrum

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Habitat—In warmer Rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest, a common pioneer after disturbance.

Distribution— North from Port Macquarie in New South Wales to Fraser Island in Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 5 m high with finely wrinkled brown bark, bark finely flaky on older branchlets; new growth glabrous.

Local occurrences

National Botanic Gardens Canberra

Leaves.—Simple, opposite, entire, oil glands small and numerous but inconspicuous; elliptic to oblong or ovate, 2 to 10 cm long, 1 to 3.5 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate with a blunt tip, base ± cuneate, glabrous, upper surface glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins faint, intramarginal vein conspicuous; glossy; oil glands very small, barely translucent; petiole 2 to 6 mm long.

Pilidiostigma glabrum
Pilidiostigma glabrum

Inflorescence.—Flowers 5–merous, solitary or in pairs; pedicels slender, 6 to 25 mm long. Sepals green. Petals rounded, 5 to 7 mm long, white or pale pink. Stamens 5 to 8 mm long.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer

Fruit.—Obovoid or ellipsoid, 14 to 17 mm long, 11 to 15 mm wide, purplish black; seeds 3 to 8, testa yellowish.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn

Pilidiostigma glabrum