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Syzygium australe (Link) B. Hyland
Stem: branchlets weakly compressed, 4-winged or -ribbed near tips, wings merging in pairs to form pocket near next lower node; older branches smooth, +- cylindric, bark tan, flaking. Leaf: blade obovate or elliptic, 3--9 cm, 1.2--3.2 cm wide, 2.2--2.8 × longer than wide; base +- narrowly wedge-shaped; apex acute or abruptly acuminate, with mucro. Inflorescence: terminal and in upper leaf axils, cyme, axis 10--15 mm; flowers 3--7; bracts falling before flowers open, leaving prominent scar. Flower: bud 6--10 mm, club-shaped; bracteoles ephemeral; calyx lobes 4, in subequal pairs, 2--3 mm, 2--4 mm wide, ovate, margins scarious, apex bluntly acute to rounded; petals round, 3--5 mm diam, white, margins scarious, tip rounded; stamens 100--150; styles 7--24 mm. Fruit: 14--23 mm, +- spheric or elliptic, red or purple. Seed: generally 1, spheric; cotyledons >> embryonic stem.
Ecology: Rare in disturbed urban riparian areas; Elevation: < 50 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo (San Diego Co.); Distribution Outside California: southeastern Australia. Note: Often cultivated in California; sometimes confused with Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn. (winged or ribbed branchlets 0, twig pockets 0; seed often with many embryos), also commonly cult, but evidently not escaped, in California.
Synonyms: Eugenia australis Link
eFlora Treatment Author: F.R. Barrie & Leslie R. Landrum
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Syzygium
Next taxon: Nitrariaceae
Citation for this treatment: F.R. Barrie & Leslie R. Landrum 2016. Syzygium australe, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=81400, accessed on May 31, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 31, 2016.