Creek cherry, creek lilly pilly
Syzygium australe, Fam. Myrtaceae
Small to medium tree with softly scaly, sometimes finely fissured bark and a dense shady crown. Young branchlets are reddish and four angled or four winged.
|Form or habit:||Small tree, Med tree|
Simple, opposite, entire, elliptic to oblanceolate or obovate, 2.5-8cm long, hairless, glossy green above and paler below. Oil dots widely spaced, indistinct and barely translucent.
|Flower description:||Short panicles of white flowers in leaf axils or terminal Mostly spring to autumn.|
|Fruit description:||Pink to red, ovoid to pear shaped berries, 1.5-2.5cm in diameter. Late spring to winter.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the wompoo fruit dove, Australian king parrot, common koel, figbird, pied currawong, regent and satin bowerbirds, Lewin's honeyeater, Australian brush turkey and grey headed flying fox. Larvae of the moth Blastobasis sarcophaga feed on the fruit and larvae of the moth Cryptophasa pultenae bore into the tree.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Grown widely as a garden plant. Grow from fresh seed or cuttings. Fruit edible and pleasant raw, although slightly acidic, or in jam. Early settlers made wine from the fruit. Timber is grey, fairly hard and tough.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|