Backhousia myrtifolia, Fam. Myrtaceae
Tall shrub or small bushy tree, to 7-8m, with a slender trunk and scaly brown bark.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Egg shaped, pointed, dark green and shiny above, paler beneath, 2.5-7 x 1-2.5cm. New growth hairy and often pink.
|Flower description:||White, fluffy flowers, 1.5-2cm in diameter, borne in clusters near the ends of branches. October to January.|
|Fruit description:||Capsules, enclosed by fleshy, yellow green sepals.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Prefers semi-shade in warmer regions. Responds to fertilizer and abundant watering. An excellent host tree for orchids and epiphytes. Propagate from seed or cuttings. Wood is very hard.|
|Information sources:||Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|