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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Flower. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Gossia retusa N.Snow & Guymer
Snow, N. & Guymer, G.P. (2003) Systematic Botany Monographs 65: 79. Type: Qld, Mapoon, S of Port Musgrave, 11 deg 59, 142 deg 52, 27 Dec 1980, A. Morton AM-1007; Holo: BRI; Iso: QRS.
Austromyrtus sp. (Cape Flattery LJW 13537), : (), Type: ?.
Dried leaves have a faint clove (Syzygium aromaticum) odour. Leaf blades about 1.6-3 x 1-2 cm, petioles very short, about 1-1.5 mm long. Leaf blade margin recurved, particularly on dried leaves. Venation difficult to distinguish on either the upper or lower leaf blade surfaces. Oil dots quite numerous, visible with a lens on both the upper and lower surfaces. Young twigs 4-angled or shortly 4-winged.
Flowers about 10 mm diam. on pedicels about 8-11 mm long. Calyx lobes about 2 mm long. Petals concave, +/- orbicular, about 2.5 mm diam, margins fimbriate. Very small glands or appendages present between the calyx lobes, one gland between each pair. Stamens about 4 mm long. Ovules 10 per locule. Style about 4 mm long, base hairy.
Fruits globose, about 6-7 mm diam., calyx lobes incurved, persistent at the apex. Pedicels about 8 mm long. Seeds about 4 mm long. Embryo gland-dotted, coiled with the cotyledons at the centre of the spiral.
Cotyledons sessile, about 3 x 0.5 mm, apex acuminate. Oil dots restricted to the margin. Cotyledonary stipules present. First pair of leaves ovate, apex retuse with a short mucro. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade shortly and broadly elliptic, apex distinctly retuse. Midrib distinctly raised on the upper surface. Oil dots visible to the naked eye but much more obvious with a lens. Stipules or stipule-like glands visible with a lens. Stem 4-angled with a pair of narrow wings decurrent from each petiole.
Distribution and Ecology
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)