Syzygium smithii (Poir.) Nied.

Nat. Pflanzenfam. 7: 85 (1892) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tree to c. 20 m high; bark red-brown, smooth to slightly flaky, cracking longitudinally on older stems; young twigs often square in cross-section. Leaves narrowly lanceolate to broadly ovate, 3–14 cm long, 1–6 cm wide, glabrous, dark green above, glossy or dull, paler below; apex acuminate usually with a narrow rounded tip; lateral veins many, distinct, intramarginal vein distinct; oil glands many and conspicuous. Inflorescence many-flowered. Calyx-lobes sometimes unequal, deciduous; petals more or less orbicular, somewhat irregular 1–1.5 mm long, cohering; stamens in more than 1 whorl, filaments 1–3 mm long. Fruit spherical 6–14 mm diam., white to purple. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HSF, MonT, WPro. Occurs mainly in rainforest from the coast to the lower ranges, often along watercourses, from near the Mitchell River eastwards, with a disjunct occurrence on Wilsons Promontory.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Myrtaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Acmena smithii (Poir.) Merr. & Perry).
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Syzygium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Syzygium smithii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Syzygium smithii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present cultivated
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory