Syzygium suborbiculare (Benth.) T.G.Hartley & L.M.Perry
Hartley, T.G. & Perry, L.M. (1973) Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 54: 189.
Rolypoly Satinash; Apple, Red Bush; Watergum; Satinash, Forest; Variegated Apple; Lady Apple; Red Bush Apple; Onionwood; Forest Satinash; Bark in the Wood; Apple, Variegated; Apple, Lady; Satinash, Rolypoly
Sections of bark included in the wood. A thin layer often visible between the inner and outer blaze.
Calyx tube (hypanthium) + pedicel about 14-30 mm long, calyx tube (hypanthium) about 8-18 mm diam., calyx lobes rounded, dimorphic, inner larger, about 6-15 mm long, petals orbicular or oblong about 12-24 x 12-20 mm, oil dots numerous, more than 100 per petal. Outer staminal filaments about 18-45 mm long, glandular, anthers about 1.1-2.1 x 0.4-0.7 mm, gland terminal, near the back of the anther. Ovules about 25-65 per locule, placentas axile, central, ovules radiating, ascending. Style about 20-55 mm long, approximating or exceeding the stamens.
Fruits depressed globular, globular or ovoid, about 30-70 x 35-90 mm, often conspicuously longitudinally ribbed, calyx lobes persistent, about 6-13 mm long. Seed solitary, about 30-55 mm diam., testa free from the pericarp but adhering to the rugose surface of the cotyledons by numerous peg-like intrusions. Cotyledons uniformly textured except for the peripheral layer, stipules small and inconspicuous. Radicle basal or lateral.
This is a desirable species of spreading habit and provides excellent shade. Large cream flowers are followed by large, pink to red fruits.
This species generally occurs as a small, poorly formed tree or shrub and has no commercial value as timber. Wood specific gravity 0.77. The fruits are edible but of no commercial interest. Hyland (1983).