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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves, flowers and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Asteromyrtus brassii (Byrnes) Craven
Craven, L.A. (1988) Australian Systematic Botany: 379. Type: ?.
Melaleuca brassii Byrnes, Austrobaileya 2: 74(1984), Type: Papua New Guinea, Oriomo River, Wuroi, Brass 5690; holo: BRI.
Inflorescence globose, sessile. Calyx tube (hypanthium) about 8.5 x 5 mm, slightly hairy on the outer surface, lobes about 4.5 mm long. Petals about 5 x 3 mm. Stamens aggregated in five groups by fusion of the filaments, each group consisting of about 30-35 stamens. Free portion of the filament about 4 mm long, anthers globose, less than 0.5 mm diam. Style red, about 9 mm long.
Cotyledons elliptic, about 7 x 4 mm, midrib visible but no other veins apparent. Oil dots visible near the margin. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, ovate to slightly rhomboid, about 45-60 x 10-12 mm, apex apiculate, base cuneate to attenuate, oil dots numerous. Venation longitudinal with 3 veins usually visible on each side of the midrib. Petiole very short or absent.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP. Altitudinal range from 30-500 m. Usually grows in heath, woodland or open forest, but occasionally found in or on the margins of rain forest on a variety of sites. Also occurs in New Guinea.
A small tree being introduced into horticulture. The flowers are red and attract birds.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)