Common name: Daguba (Cadigal), Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry
Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree with flaky bark.
Leaves lanceolate to obovate, 4.5–10 cm long, 1.5–3 cm wide, apex acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous, upper surface green and glossy, lower surface paler; lateral veins numerous, intramarginal vein usually discernible; oil glands small, rather scattered, distinct but not strongly translucent; petiole 2–10 mm long.
Inflorescences cymose or paniculate, terminal and in the upper axils. Petals 4–5 mm long, free and spreading. Stamens 6–15 mm long.
Fruit globose to ovoid, 15–25 mm diam., magenta; seed solitary, usually polyembryonic, cotyledons smooth.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subtropical and littoral rainforest on sandy soils or stabilized dunes near the sea; widely separated localities between Bulahdelah and Jervis Bay.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
This name was formerly misapplied to what is now known as S. australe. This species is uncommon in the wild and is a threatened species. Ironically, it is considered by some to be a potential weed since it is widely cultivated and has become naturalised in some places.
See Bush foods of New South Wales for more information.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991, 2002). Updated November 2007.
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