Common name: Rose Myrtle
Archirhodomyrtus beckleri (F.Muell.) A.J.Scott APNI*
Synonyms: Rhodomyrtus beckleri (F.Muell.) L.S.Sm. APNI*
Description: Shrub or tree to 6 m high; branchlets red-brown, sparsely hairy to glabrous.
Leaves with lamina lanceolate or ovate to elliptic, 3–8.5 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, apex bluntly acuminate, base cuneate, upper surface glabrous and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins not conspicuous, intramarginal vein distant from margin; oil glands small and numerous but inconspicuous; petiole 2–6 mm long.
Flowers usually solitary, occasionally 2 or 3 on a common peduncle up to 15 mm long. Hypanthium urceolate, glabrous. Petals obovate to elliptic, 4.5–6 mm long, white or pink. Stamens 2.5–3.5 mm long, deep pink. Ovary 3-locular.
Berry globose or ovoid, 5–7 mm diam., smooth, yellow to orange.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rainforest or on rainforest margins; north from Williams R.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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