Syzygium wilsonii subsp. epigaeum Craven & Biffin
Craven, L.A. & Biffin, E. (2005) Blumea 50(1): 159-160. Type: Ford 4359, Australia, Queensland, National Park Reserve 904, Wooroonooran, Coolamon Creek, c. 700 m S of Towalla Mine, c. 18 km SE of Malanda, 15 July 2004.
Powderpuff Lilly-Pilly; Lilly-pilly, Powderpuff
Shrub or tree to 9 m tall.
Inflorescence terminal and in the upper axils, bracts deciduous, absent at anthesis. Flowers pink. Calyx tube (hypanthium) + pedicel about 7.5-13.5 x 3-4.5 mm, calyx lobes rounded, about 1.5-2.5 mm long. Petals orbicular, about 2.5-3.5 mm diam., oil dots visible, comparatively large, about 50-100 or more per petal. Receptacle cylindrical with the stamens attached to the upper part of the inner surface. Outer staminal filaments pink, about 10-18 mm long, anthers about 0.6-0.8 x 035-0.4 mm, gland terminal, on the back of the anther. Ovules about 16-22 per locule, placentas axile, ovules transverse, horizontal. Style about 12-19 mm long, approximating the stamens.
Fruits cream or white when ripe, obovoid or globular, excavated at the apex, attaining about 13-20 x 9-16 mm, calyx lobes persistent at the apex, lobes about 1-1.5 mm long. Seed solitary, about 8 mm diam., testa adhering slightly to the pericarp but free from the smooth but glandular surface of the uniformly textured purple cotyledons. Radicle lateral, cotyledonary stipules not visible.
Cataphylls about 1 or 2 pairs. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade narrowly lanceolate to elliptic or obovate, 10-16 lateral veins; apex acuminate, base obtuse or almost cordate, oil dots rather sparse, visible with a lens. Petioles dark, transversely wrinkled or pustular. Stem 4-angled and narrowly winged. Seed germination time 38 days.
The main difference between this subspecies and subspecies wilsonii is the mode of germination, epigeal in this subspecies.