Syzygium anisatum (Synonyms: Anetholea anisata, Backhousia anisata)— Ringwood, Aniseed Tree, Aniseed Myrtle—MYRTACEAE.

Syzygium anisatum

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical rainforest, often along streams or on lower slopes; rare.

Distribution— Confined to the Nambucca and Bellinger Valleys in New South Wales.

Description—Medium—sized to large tree with somewhat soft and corky bark; young branchlets glabrous.

Local occurrences

North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Coffs Harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Raintrees Diamond Beach.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, with distinct oil dots and intramarginal vein, hairless, margins wavy; lanceolate to elliptic, 5 to 12.5 cm long, 1 to 2.5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base attenuate, margins undulate, glabrous, upper surface glossy, lower surface dull and paler; lateral veins numerous, prominent, intramarginal close to margin; oil glands large, numerous, distinct, crushed leaves with an aniseed smell; petiole 5 to 6 mm long.

Syzygium anisatum
Syzygium anisatum

Inflorescence.—White. Hypanthium glabrous. Sepals 1 to 1.5 mm long. Petals c. 3 mm long. Stamens c. 5 mm long.


Fruit.—Commonly 5 mm long; summit flat, level with the hypanthium.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn