Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Myrsine oreophila Jackes

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Flowers. © A. Ford & F. Goulter
Habit, leaves and flowers. © A. Ford & F. Goulter
Leaves and buds. © ATH
Buds. © ATH

Jackes, B.R. (2005) Australian Systematic Botany 18(5): 430-431. Type: Queensland. Cook District: Bellenden Ker Range, 17 15S, 145 50E, alt. 1500 m, B. Hyland 7763, 11.x.1974.


Shrub or tree 2.5-25 m tall, much branched, buttresses present.


Leaf blade oblanceolate to obovate, apex obtuse, base cuneate. Glands difficult to see in old leaves, in younger orange-red, globular glands and transparent glands.


Inflorescences borne on short peduncles below the leaves. Male or female flowers borne on different plants, corolla red to pink occasionally cream, calyx green.


Fruit globular, 4 x 4-5.5 mm, purple to black at maturity.


Not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in a small area of NEQ. Altitudinal range about 800 to 1600 m. Grows in low closed rain forest on granite substrates.

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