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Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Flower. Copyright Barry Jago
Cotyledon and 1st leaf stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and fruits. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Gossia floribunda (A.J.Scott) N.Snow & Guymer
Snow, N. & Guymer, G.P. (2003) Sustematic Botany Monographs 65: 72. Type: ?.
Austromyrtus floribunda (A.J.Scott) Guymer, Austrobaileya 2(5): 569(1988), Type: ?. Backhousea floribunda A.J.Scott, Kew Bulll. 39: 659(1984), Type: Papua, Middle Fly River, Kwinia Ck, 21 Oct 1967, R. Pullen 7510; holo: K; iso: BRI, G, L.
Cape Ironwood; Lignum
Fruits globular or depressed globular, about 6-7 mm diam., calyx lobes persistent at the apex. Embryo coiled and/or twisted with the cotyledons +/- in the middle of the spiral. Cotyledons much more slender than the radicle.
Cotyledons ovate to elliptic, about 10-18 x 4-5 mm; stipules present. Intramarginal vein present. Oil dots very small, visible with a lens. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, midrib distinctly raised on the upper surface. Stem longitudinally ribbed at least near the apex.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in CYP and the northern part of NEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 200 m. Grows as an understory tree in a variety of forest types including gallery forest, monsoon forest, dry rain forest and beach forest. Also occurs in New Guinea.
A smooth barked shrub or small tree deserving a place in tropical gardens. The small white flowers are produced in abundance.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)