Common name: Scrub Ironwood
Gossia acmenoides (F.Muell.) N.Snow & Guymer APNI*
Synonyms: Austromyrtus acutiuscula Burret APNI*
Austromyrtus acmenoides (F.Muell.) Burret APNI*
Description: Shrub or small crooked tree to 18 m high with smooth, brown mottled bark; young shoots glabrous.
Leaves with lamina ovate to elliptic, 2.5–7.5 cm long, 10–35 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, upper surface dull to moderately glossy, lower surface glabrous, oil glands not crowded; petiole 2–4 mm long.
Inflorescences mostly 2–4-flowered, on a short lateral axis; pedicels 5–12 mm long. Hypanthium glabrous. Sepals 5, 1.5–2 mm long. Petals 3–5 mm long, white, minutely ciliate. Stamens 5–6 mm long. Ovary 2-locular; style 4–5 mm long.
Fruit 4–6 mm diam., black.
Flowering: Flowers late spring to early autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subtropical rainforest, but more commonly in dry rainforest; chiefly north from the Hunter Valley but as far south as the Illawarra region.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
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