Uromyrtus australis—Peach Myrtle—MYRTACEAE

Uromyrtus australis

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Habitat— Grows in warm-temperate rainforest.

Distribution— Known only from the Nightcap Range in New South Wales.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 12 m high with brown scaly bark; young shoots silky with white hairs

Local occurrences

Hunter Regional Botanic Gardens

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, without distinct oil dots, narrow–ovate to elliptic, 1.5 to 5 cm long, 0.5 to 2 cm wide, apex acuminate, base ± rounded, thick, upper surface glabrous and glossy, lower surface dull; later veins obscure, intramarginal vein absent; oil glands scattered and visible in young leaves, obscure in mature leaves; petiole 2 to 6 mm long.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, without distinct oil dots, narrow–ovate to elliptic, 1.5 to 5 cm long, 0.5 to 2 cm wide, apex acuminate, base ± rounded, thick, upper surface glabrous and glossy, lower surface dull; later veins obscure, intramarginal vein absent; oil glands scattered and visible in young leaves, obscure in mature leaves; petiole 2 to 6 mm long.

Inflorescence.— 5–merous, 1 to 3 in axils, pendent on slender pedicels 5 to 10 mm long. Hypanthium finely silky. Petals rounded to obovate, 4 to 5 mm long, white tinged with pink. Stamens 1.5 mm long. Ovary mostly 3–locular; ovules c. 10 per loculus; style slender 3.5 to 5 mm long; stigma small.

Flowering.—Late Spring to early Summer

Fruit.—Berry globose, 5 to 9 mm diam., black

Ripe.— Summer to Autumn.

Uromyrtus australis