Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Myrsine urceolata R.Br.
Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 534. Type: Queensland, Endeavour River, Banks & Solander; holo: BM?.
Muttonwood, Variable; Variable Muttonwood
Can grow into a small tree but usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-5 m tall.
Leaf blades elliptical or obovate, about 7-18 x 2.5-7 cm, petioles about 0.5-0.6 cm long. Oil dots readily visible with a lens, mainly clear and orbicular, streaky oil dots and red orbicular oil dots usually scattered. Margin recurved. Venation not readily visible, lateral veins about 10-16 on each side of the midrib.
Flowers predominantly 4-merous. Flowers pedicellate, pedicels about 3.5-6 mm long, produced on short burr-like structures on the twigs. Flowers about 5 x 1.5-2 mm (female flowers?). Sepals broadly ovate, about 1-1.5 x 1 mm, marked by clear streaky oil glands. Corolla tube longer than the lobes, lobes with streaky oil dots or glands. Anthers sessile on the inner surface of the corolla tube, pollen white. Ovary about 1 x 0.8 mm. Stigma small, capitate.
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Endemic to Queensland (?), occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 500 m. Grows as an understory plant in the drier rain forests and monsoon forests particularly on Cape York Peninsula.