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Common name: blue lilly pilly, blue cherry
Syzygium oleosum (F.Muell.) B.Hyland APNI*
Synonyms: Syzygium coolminianum (C.Moore) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree with flaky bark.
Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, 3–12 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, apex usually long-acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous, upper surface green and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins faint in fresh material, more distinct when dried, intramarginal vein distinct; oil glands numerous and strongly translucent; petiole 2–10 mm long.
Inflorescences panicles, in the upper axils. Petals 2–3.5 mm long, free and spreading. Stamens 6–15 mm long.
Fruit globose to ovoid, 10–25 mm diam., bluish to purple or magenta; seed solitary, embryo solitary with smooth cotyledons.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in littoral, subtropical and warm-temperate rainforest, north from Mt Kembla.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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