Rhodomyrtus psidioides—Native Guava—MYRTACEAE.

Rhodomyrtus psidioides

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Habitat— Grows in warmer rainforest and on rainforest margins; coastal districts.

Distribution— North from Gosford district in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 12 m high with brown scaly bark; young branchlets and inflorescences pubescent with pale hairs.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Karloo Street Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, oil dots distinct; narrow—ovate to elliptic or oblong, 5 to 25 cm long, 2.5 to 6.5 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate, base cuneate, upper surface glabrous and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins conspicuous, intramarginal vein absent; oil glands numerous and conspicuous; petiole 15 to 20 mm long.

Rhodomyrtus psidioides
Rhodomyrtus psidioides

Inflorescence.—Flowers 5—merous, in cymes or raceme—like inflorescences; peduncles 10 to 25 mm long. Petals elliptic, 7 to 10 mm long, white or pink. Stamens up to 5 mm long. Ovary 4—locular.

Flowering.—Late spring to early summer.

Fruit.—Berry globose or ovoid, 15 to 25 mm long, 10 to 15 mm wide, yellow and fleshy; persistent sepals reflexed near summit.

Ripe.—December to February.

Rhodomyrtus psidioides