Rhodamnia maideniana—Smooth Scrub Turpentine—MYRTACEAE

Rhodamnia maideniana

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical rainforest, coastal districts, rare.

Distribution— North from Richmond River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Bushy shrub, commonly 1.5 to 3 m high, with reddish brown fibrous–flaky bark; young shoots sparsely pubescent, glabrescent.

Local occurrences

Raintrees Diamond Beach and The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour

Leaves.—Simple, opposite, entire, oil dots present, leaves strongly three–veined from near base, ovate to narrow–elliptic, 5 to 10 cm long, 2 to 4.5 cm wide, apex long–acuminate with a rounded tip, base cuneate, both surfaces ± glabrous; lateral veins numerous, not transverse; oil glands numerous and distinct; petiole 5 to 6 mm long.

Rhodamnia maideniana
Rhodamnia maideniana

Inflorescence.— 2 to 4 per axil, each 1 to 3–flowered; peduncles 1 to 3 mm long. Hypanthium ± glabrous. Sepals 1 mm long, persistent, pink. Petals 3 to 4 mm long, white. Stamens c. 4 mm long. Style 4 mm long.

Flowering.— late Spring to Summer.

Fruit.—Berry globose, 8 to 12 mm diam., black

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Rhodamnia maideniana