Myrsine howittiana (F.Muell. ex Mez) Jackes

Australian Systematic Botany 18: 408 (2005)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Small tree to c. 15 m high; branches slender, apices densely covered by appressed rusty hairs. Leaves obovate to oblong-elliptic, 33–100 mm long, 10–45 mm wide; apex rounded or broadly acute; margins entire at maturity, often irregularly toothed when young; petiole 7–12 mm long, dots and short streaks clear to pale red, often obscure. Flowers unisexual or bisexual, 5-merous, 5–9 per cluster; pedicel 2–5 mm long, densely to sparsely pubescent; calyx c. 1 mm long; corolla cream, female and/or hermaphrodite flowers with petals c. 2 mm long, caducous; stigma somewhat lobed; corolla of male flowers c. 3 mm long, persistent. Fruit fleshy and blue at maturity (immature fruit with glands concentrated towards the apex), 5–6 mm long and wide. Flowers mostly summer.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtP, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW. Occurs in sheltered sites in moist, shaded sites from near sea-level to c. 400 m (e.g. riparian forests and scrubs, tall open-forest, warm-temperate rainforest).

Source: Jackes, B.R. (1996). Myrsinaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Rapanea howittiana F.Muell. ex Mez).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Primulaceae
genus Myrsine
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory