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Genus Syncarpia Family Myrtaceae

Description: Trees; terminal buds covered with scales; stems and petioles exude a clear reddish sap when cut.

Leaves opposite along branchlets, crowded into false whorls of 4 at the end of the branchlets, venation conspicuous.

Inflorescences axillary, 7-flowered dichasia, flowers sessile and fused at base; peduncles relatively long. Flowers 4- to 5-merous, white. Sepals small. Petals free. Stamens numerous, free. Ovary inferior, 3-locular; stigma capitate.

Fruit a capsule; fruiting hypanthia from each dichasium fused to form a woody, multiple fruit; seeds linear.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 2 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Syncarpia glomulifera

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