Syzygium australe (J.C.Wendl. ex Link) B.Hyland

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Syzygium australe

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue Greendale

Syzygium australe

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue Greendale

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Synonyms: Syzygium paniculatum sensu auct. non Gaertn.
Common names: Australian brush-cherry (English) Australian water pear (English)
Description: Shrub or tree. Leaves elliptic, hairless, glossy above; apex acuminate. Inflorescences of branched axillary or terminal panicles; peduncles 3-5 or more-flowered. Flowers white. Fruit ovoid, rose-purple, 1-2 cm long.
Notes: Originally named by me (MAH) as Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn.; the identification was corrected in April 2016 by Dr Peter G. Wilson of the New South Wales Herbarium. Dr Wilson commented as follows: "This is Syzygium australe, not S. paniculatum ... this misidentification was common in Australia until the 1980s when the correct application of the latter name was resolved. True S. paniculatum has a magenta-coloured fruit and the seed is polyembryonic".
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Worldwide distribution: Australia
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Syzygium australe
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Syzygium australe
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Syzygium australe
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Syzygium australe
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Syzygium australe
JSTOR Plant Science: Syzygium australe
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Syzygium australe
Plants of the World Online: Syzygium australe
Tropicos: Syzygium australe
Wikipedia: Syzygium australe

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Syzygium australe., retrieved 12 December 2023

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