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Genus Austromyrtus Family Myrtaceae

Description: Trees or shrubs; bark smooth or scaly.

Leaves opposite, petiolate.

Flowers solitary or in cymes or raceme-like inflorescences; 4- or 5-merous. Hypanthium not, or scarcely, exceeding the ovary summit. Sepals persistent in fruit. Petals free. Stamens numerous, free. Ovary inferior, 2- or 3-locular; ovules few to many in each loculus; placentation usually axile; stigma small.

Fruit a globose to ovoid berry; seeds usually 2–10, not obviously arranged in rows, testa bony; embryo curved, cotyledons small.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 species, endemic Aust., Qld, N.S.W.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves linear to linear-lanceolateAustromyrtus tenuifolia
Leaves ovate to narrow-ovateAustromyrtus dulcis

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