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Common name: Brush muttonwood
Myrsine howittiana (F.Muell. ex Mez) Jackes APNI*
Synonyms: Rapanea howittiana Mez APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree; bark smooth, grey; with terminal buds rusty-hairy.
Leaves obovate to oblanceolate or elliptic, 4–13 cm long, mostly 2–4 cm wide, margins undulate, transparent, upper surface shiny and dark green, lower surface duller and paler, lateral veins faint on fresh material, more prominent in dried leaves; petiole 7–14 mm long.
Fascicles of 6–10 flowers. Flowers (4-)5-merous, corolla greenish-white to cream.
Fruit 5–7 mm diam., blue or mauve; pedicel ± stout, finely hairy; ripe Dec.-June.
Flowering: Fruits and flowers collected chiefly in spring and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: From southern Victoria to Fraser Island in Queensland.
In rainforest and often on margins with moist open forest; widespread on the coast and lower ranges to c. 700 m altitude, but not common in coastal areas in NC.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by GJ Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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