Rhodamnia rubescens— Scrub Turpentine—MYRTACEAE.

Rhodamnia rubescens

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Habitat— Widespread in warmer rainforest and on rainforest margins, mainly coastal.

Distribution—North from Batemans Bay in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description— Shrub or small tree to 25 m high, bark reddish brown, fissured; young stems densely tomentose.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Charlotte Head, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, oil dots distinct, strongly 3–veined from the base; ovate to elliptic, 5 to 10 cm long, 2 to 4.5 cm wide, shortly acuminate, base cuneate to rounded, upper surface green and sparsely hairy, lower surface paler and sparsely to densely hairy with erect hairs; strongly 3-veined from base, lateral veins transverse; oil glands distinct, moderately dense; petiole 4 to 9 mm long.

Rhodamnia rubescens
Rhodamnia rubescens

Inflorescence.—1 to 3 per axil, each usually 3—flowered; peduncle 5 to 22 mm long. Hypanthium sparsely pubescent. Sepals 2 to 3 mm long, caducous. Petals 4 to 6 mm diam., white. Stamens 3 to 5 mm long. Style 4 to 5 mm long.

Flowering.—Late winter to spring.

Fruit.—Globose, 5 to 8 mm diam., red turning black.

Ripe.—Summer.

Rhodamnia rubescens