Common name: Plum Myrtle
Pilidiostigma glabrum Burret APNI*
Synonyms: Myrtus rhytisperma var. grandiflora Benth. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 5 m high with finely wrinkled brown bark, bark finely flaky on older branchlets; new growth glabrous.
Leaves with lamina elliptic to oblong or ovate, 2–10 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate with a blunt tip, base ± cuneate, glabrous, upper surface glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins faint, intramarginal vein conspicuous; glossy; oil glands very small, barely translucent; petiole 2–6 mm long.
Flowers 5-merous, solitary or in pairs; pedicels slender, 6–25 mm long. Sepals green. Petals rounded, 5–7 mm long, white or pale pink. Stamens 5–8 mm long.
Fruit obovoid or ellipsoid, 14–17 mm long, 11–15 mm wide, purplish black; seeds 3–8, testa yellowish.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in warmer rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest, a common pioneer after disturbance; north from Port Macquarie.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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