Common name: giant water gum, rose satinash
Syzygium francisii (F.M.Bailey) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Synonyms: Eugenia tomlinsii Maiden & Betche APNI*
Description: Medium-sized to large buttressed tree with slightly flaky bark.
Leaves ovate to elliptic, mostly 4–8 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide, apex acute to acuminate, base cuneate, margins undulate, glabrous, discolorous; lateral and intramarginal veins distinct on lower surface; oil glands sparse, mostly obscure; petiole 4–9 mm long.
Inflorescences panicles, branches umbel-like, terminal and axillary. Petals 2–3 mm long, white. Stamens 3–6 mm long.
Fruit depressed-globose, 7–13 mm long, 10–20 mm diam., purplish blue; seeds 1 or 2, embryo solitary with smooth cotyledons.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subtropical, dry and littoral rainforest, often in alluvial valleys; chiefly north from Seal Rocks, also south to near Gosford.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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