Common name: Native Guava
Rhodomyrtus psidioides (G.Don) Benth. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 12 m high with brown scaly bark; young branchlets and inflorescences pubescent with pale hairs.
Leaves with lamina narrow-ovate to elliptic or oblong, 5–25 cm long, 2.5–6.5 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate, base cuneate, upper surface glabrous and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins conspicuous, intramarginal vein absent; oil glands numerous and conspicuous; petiole 15–20 mm long.
Flowers 5-merous, in cymes or raceme-like inflorescences; peduncles 10–25 mm long. Petals elliptic, 7–10 mm long, white or pink. Stamens up to 5 mm long. Ovary 4-locular.
Berry globose or ovoid, 15–25 mm long, 10–15 mm wide, yellow and fleshy; persistent sepals reflexed near summit.
Flowering: late spring to early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in warmer rainforest and on rainforest margins; coastal districts north from Gosford district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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