Myrsine variabilis R.Br.
Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 534. Type: Port Jackson, R. Brown; Holo: BM.
Brush Muttonwood; Muttonwood, Brush; Muttonwood
A small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Oak grain in the wood and a similar pattern in the inner blaze.
Infructescence much shorter than the leaves, barely exceeding the petioles, pedicels about 3-5 mm long. Calyx lobes persistent at the base of the fruit. Fruits globular, about 4 x 4.5 mm. Oil dots visible in the exocarp and in the white fleshed pericarp. Cotyledons about as wide as the radicle or slightly narrower.
Cotyledons ovate, about 9-12 mm long. First pair of leaves obovate with about 3-5 coarse peg-like teeth on each side of the midrib. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate, apex acute, base attenuate, margins serrate, about 6-8 teeth on each side of the leaf blade, glabrous; oil dots reddish. Terminal bud clothed in reddish scale-like hairs. Seed germination time 55 to 95 days.
Food plant for the larval stages of the White Lineblue Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).