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Gossia shepherdii (F.Muell.) N.Snow & Guymer

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Snow, N. & Guymer, G. P. (2003) Systematic Botany Monographs 65: 68.

Common name

Lignum; Shepherd's Ironwood


Bark very thin, often greenish.


Usually two intramarginal veins, the outer one indistinct and the inner one more obvious, about 2-4 mm from the margin. Oil dots visible with a lens, more obvious on the underside of the leaf blade. Leaf blades about 5.2-8.5 x 2.3-5 cm. Leafy twigs slender, up to 2 mm in diam.


Petals and calyx lobes pubescent adaxially. Petals about 5-8 mm long, sometimes exhibiting a pink flush, more than 100 oil dots per petal.


Fruits globular, about 10 mm diam., calyx lobes persistent at the apex. Testa relatively thick and hard.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1100 m. Grows as an understory tree in rain forest on a variety of sites but tends to be more common in drier, more seasonal rain forest.

Austromyrtus shepherdii (F. Mueller) L.S. Smith, Proceedings Royal Society Queensland 67: 35(1956). Austromyrtus sp. (Windsor Tableland BG 412), : (). Myrtus shepherdii F. Mueller, Fragmenta 9: 148(1875), Type: Qld, Rockingham Bay, J. Dallachy s.n.; Lecto: MEL; Isolecto: BRI.
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