Common name: Ringwood, Aniseed Tree, Aniseed Myrtle
Anetholea anisata (Vickery) Peter G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Backhousia anisata Vickery APNI*
Syzygium anisatum (Vickery) Craven & Biffin APNI*
Description: Medium-sized to large tree with somewhat soft and corky bark; young branchlets glabrous.
Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, 5–12.5 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base attenuate, margins undulate, glabrous, upper surface glossy, lower surface dull and paler; lateral veins numerous, prominent, intramarginal close to margin; oil glands large, numerous, distinct, crushed leaves with an aniseed smell; petiole 5–6 mm long.
Flowers white. Hypanthium glabrous. Sepals 1–1.5 mm long. Petals c. 3 mm long. Stamens c. 5 mm long.
Fruit c. 5 mm long; summit flat, level with the hypanthium.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subtropical rainforest, often along streams or on lower slopes; confined to the Nambucca and Bellinger Valleys; rare.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RCa
Craven & Biffin (2005) transferred this species to Syzygium. This transfer seems premature given the present lack of detailed knowledge of embryology in the tribe Syzygieae.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991); updated 2006.
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