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.
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
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves 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|