Sannantha similis—Sannantha—MYRTACEAE

Sannantha similis

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Habitat— In Dry Rainforest but more commonly grows in eucalypt forest close to watercourses on deep sandy soils, widespread on the coast and coastal ranges.

Distribution— South from the Port Macquarie district in New South Wales. Also in Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 4 m high; branchlets 4–angled, slightly flanged

Local occurrences

Kattang Nature Reserve

Leaves.—Simple, entire, alternate, oil glands prominent, especially on lower surface; lanceolate to elliptic, 10 to 30 mm long, 2.5 to 6 mm wide; midvein distinctly impressed above; apex obtuse to acute; petiole 0.8 to 1.5 mm long.

Sannantha similis
Sannantha similis

Inflorescence.— Usually with 3 to 7 flowers (rarely 9); peduncle 5 to 13 mm long; pedicels 3 to 7 mm long, bracteoles linear, to 1.2 mm long. Hypanthium ± smooth. Calyx lobes compound, inner lobes to c. 0.6 mm long, outer lobes about half as long. Corolla to 10 mm diam.; petals broad–ovate to circular, 2.5 to 3.7 mm long. Stamens 8 to 15.

Flowering.—October to January

Fruit.—Capsule 2.5–3.5 mm diam.; seeds flattened D-shaped

Ripe.—Late February to April

Sannantha similis