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Genus Uromyrtus Family Myrtaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees; new growth silky or glabrous.

Leaves opposite, petiolate.

Inflorescences axillary, flowers usually solitary. Flowers 5-merous. Sepals rounded, persistent. Petals white or pink. Stamens numerous, multiseriate; anthers with an apical appendage. Ovary inferior, 2- or 3-locular; ovules in 2 vertical rows on the placenta; style slender; stigma not dilated.

Fruit a fleshy berry; seeds numerous, small, testa bony; embryo curved, cotyledons very small.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 15 species, chiefly New Guinea to New Caledonia. Australia: 4 species (endemic), Qld, N.S.W.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves mostly 7–20 mm wide, oil glands scattered; petals 4–5 mm long; fruit 5–9 mm diam.Uromyrtus australis
Leaves mostly 3–7 mm wide, oil glands very dense; petals c. 2 mm long; fruit 4–5 mm diam.Uromyrtus lamingtonensis

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