Syzygium wilsonii subsp. wilsonii—Powder-puff Lilli Pilly, Wilson's Satinash—MYRTACEAE.

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Habitat— Grows as an understory plant in undisturbed lowland and upland rain forest.

Distribution—Endemic to North East Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m.

Description— Shrub 1 to 3 m tall occasionally growing to a height of 5 m.

Local occurrences


Leaves.— Simple, opposite, oil dots present, leaf blades rather thick and leathery, about 8.6 to 18.5 x 2.2 to 5.4 cm; apex acuminate, base rounded or cordate, petioles about 0.2 to 0.6 cm long. Midrib conspicuously raised on the upper surface.

Inflorescence.— Terminal and in the upper axils, bracts deciduous, absent at anthesis. Calyx tube (hypanthium) + pedicel about 7.5 to 13.5 x 3 to 4.5 mm, calyx lobes rounded, about 1.5 mm long. Petals orbicular, about 2.5 to 3 mm diam., oil dots visible, comparatively large, about 50 to 100 or more per petal. Receptacle cylindrical with the stamens attached to the upper part of the inner surface. Outer staminal filaments pink, about 11 to 25 mm long, anthers about 0.8 to 0.9 x 0.5 to 0.7 mm, gland terminal, on the back of the anther. Ovules about 12 to 20 per locule, placentas axile, ovules transverse, horizontal. Style about 12 to 34 mm long, approximating the stamens.

Flowering.—October to December.

Fruit.—Cream or white when ripe, obovoid or globular, excavated at the apex, attaining about 10 to 16 mm diam., calyx lobes persistent at the apex, lobes about 1 to 1.5 mm long. Seed solitary, about 5 to 9 mm diam., testa adhering slightly to the pericarp but free from the smooth but glandular surface of the uniformly textured purple cotyledons. Radicle lateral, cotyledonary stipules not visible.

Ripe.—February to March.