Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Syzygium hemilamprum subsp. orophilum (B.Hyland) Craven & Biffin
Craven, L.A., Biffin, E. & Ashton, P.S. (2006) Blumea 51(1): 137.
Satinash, Mountain; Mountain Satinash
Sometimes small and poorly formed, but developing into a fairly large tree in protected situations. Bark variable, sometimes showing scroll marks, i.e. curved parallel lines.
Inflorescence scarcely exceeding the leaves, bracts deciduous, absent at anthesis. Calyx tube (hypanthium) gradually tapering into the pedicel, calyx tube (hypanthium) + pedicel about 3-6 mm long, calyx tube (hypanthium) about 2-3.5 mm diam., calyx lobes rounded, small and inconspicuous, about 0.2-0.4 mm long. Petals +/- cohering by their inflexed tips, rather irregular, +/- orbicular, about 1-1.5 mm diam.; oil dots comparatively large, but often difficult to discern, up to nine per petal. Staminal filaments variable, outer longer, about 1.3-2.5 mm long, glandular, anthers wider than long, about 0.3 x 0.5 mm, gland small, terminal, inconspicuous. Placentas confined to the apex of each locule. Ovules pendulous, about 6-16 per locule. Style about 0.8-1.5 mm long, approximating the top of the calyx tube (hypanthium), but substantially below the anthers.
Fruits globular or depressed globular, shallowly excavated at the apex, attaining about 10 x12-16 mm, calyx lobes not or scarcely discernible on mature fruit. Seed attaining about 6-16 mm diam. Cotyledons with a conspicuous, hard, tanniferous inclusion in the centre and branches ramifying through the cotyledons, cotyledonary stipules small and inconspicuous.
This subspecies produces millable logs but is of rare and infrequent occurrence and thus has not been recognized as a commercial species. Wood specific gravity 0.88. Hyland (1983).