Myrsine variabilis—Muttonwood—PRIMULACEAE.

Myrsine variabilis

Link to Images on Flickr.

Habitat— Rainforest and open forest on the coast and adjacent ranges, often in exposed positions on the coast.

Distribution— North from Milton in New South Wales to North Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree with terminal buds covered with fawn to brown hairs.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Islands, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, terminal buds sparsely or densely hairy; mostly obovate to oblanceolate, 3 to 10 cm long, usually 1 to 3 cm wide, margins entire or with prominent stiff, almost prickly teeth, especially in juveniles, upper surface shiny green, lower surface duller, lateral veins ± equally distinct on both surfaces in dried and fresh material; petiole 3 to 7 mm long.

Myrsine variabilis
Myrsine variabilis

Inflorescence— 4—or 5—merous.

Flowering.—May to September.

Fruit—4 to 6 mm diam., blue; pedicel slender, ± glabrous.

Ripe.—September to January.

Myrsine variabilis