Common name: Ripple-leaf Muttonwood, Purple-leaf Muttonwood
Myrsine richmondensis Jackes APNI*
Synonyms: Rapanea sp. Richmond River (Maiden s.n., Nov 1903) APNI*
Rapanea sp. A Richmond River (J.H. Maiden & J.L. Boorman NSW 26751) APNI*
Rapanea sp. A sensu Harden (1990) APNI*
Rapanea sp. A APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree.
Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, 5–14 cm long, 1.5–3 cm wide, strongly tapered to base and apex, the apex ± pointed or rarely slightly notched, margins entire, lateral veins faint and dots often raised on dried material; petiole 4–7 mm long, grooved.
Flowers 5-merous, calyx and corolla prominently glandular.
Fruit 3–4 mm diam., blue; pedicel 2–4 mm, glabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: In coastal areas on the north coast of New South Wales, from Coraki on the Richmond River north to Mt Warning; very rare.
Occurs in tall open sclerophyll forest with a rainforest subcanopy, swamp sclerophyll open forest and on the margins of subtropical rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Endangered
The recovery plan for this species calls for the establishment of an ex situ seed collection as an insurance strategy against loss due to catastrophic events. The Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan has been successful in researching the seeds viability and there are 40 plants growing in the garden. (May 2014). Formerly in Myrsinaceae.
Text by G. J Harden; updated Louisa Murray (2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW (1990)
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