North swamp mahogany
Lophostemon suaveolens, Fam. Myrtaceae
A medium sized tree to 15m tall with distorted branches, an open crown and brown to grey, soft, flaky and fibrous bark. Lophostemon from the Greek ‘lophos’ a crest and ‘stemon’ a stamen, referring to the crest like bundles of stamen in the flower.
|Form or habit:||Med tree|
Crowded at the ends of branches, egg shaped or oval. Light green above, paler beneath, midrib raised beneath and sunken above, 8-13 x 4-5cm. New growth densely hairy.
|Flower description:||White, five petalled with the stamens fused in five bundles, borne in small clusters of up to seven flowers. November to January.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, hemispherical, three valved, thin walled capsules, 0.4-0.5 x 0.4-0.7cm.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, wetland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales, New Guinea.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea|
|Notes:||Needs a reliable supply of moisture. Propagate from seed.|
|Information sources:||Atlas of Living Australia (2022) Lophostemon suaveolens (Sol. ex Gaertn.) Peter G.Wilson & J.T.Waterh., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|