Common name: Silver Myrtle, Malletwood, Brown Malletwood, Silver Leaf, Silver Malletwood
Rhodamnia argentea Benth. APNI*
Description: Tree to 30 m high with papery bark; branchlets whitish hairy.
Leaves with lamina ovate to elliptic, 4–13 cm long, 2.5–6 cm wide, apex slightly acuminate with an acute or rounded tip, base cuneate, upper surface green and glossy, lower surface dull and silvery white with fine hairs; strongly 3-veined from base, lateral veins ± transverse; oil glands mostly invisible except for a few along margins; petiole 3–20 mm long.
Inflorescences 1–4 per axil, each usually 3-flowered; peduncles 5–12 mm long. Hypanthium densely tomentose. Sepals 2–2.5 mm long, persistent. Petals 3–4 mm diam., white. Style 2–4 mm long. Stamens 3–4 mm long.
Fruit globose, 6–10 mm diam., black.
Flowering: late spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in warmer rainforest, north from the Hastings R.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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