Common name: brush cherry
Syzygium australe (J.C.Wendl. ex Link) B.Hyland APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree with flaky bark; young leafy twigs 4-angled to shortly 4-winged, wings joining above each node to produce a small pocket.
Leaves elliptic to obovate, 3–10 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, apex short-acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral and intramarginal veins generally visible; oil glands scattered, often faint; petiole 3–10 mm long.
Inflorescences mostly botryoids, terminal and in the upper axils. Petals 4–6 mm long, free and spreading, white. Stamens 15–20 mm long.
Fruit ± obovoid, 15–25 mm long, c. 15 mm diam., reddish pink to red; seed usually solitary, embryo solitary with smooth cotyledons.
Flowering: mostly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in all types of warmer rainforest, often along streams, coastal districts north from Batemans Bay.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Species previously wrongly known as S. paniculatum.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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