Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Syzygium paniculatum

Myrtaceae

Magenta Lilly Pilly

Daguba (takuba) to Eora people

Endangered species: On the cuurent list of Rare or Threatened Australian Plants (ROTAP) there are 730 taxa (plant groups - species or subspecies) from New South Wales. This represents 13 per cent of the plants species in New South Wales.

Description

There are several varieties of lilly pillies, all with fleshy edible fruites. Pink Lilly Pilly (Acmena smithii), Brush Cherry (Syzygium australe), Magenta Lilly Pilly (S. paniculatum) and Blue Lilly Pilly (S. eleosum) are planted as street trees in Sydney. They occur naturally in rainforest areas along the coast. Oil glands in the leaves and the numerous stamens place the Magenta Lilly Pilly in the Myrtaceae family. The glossy green leaves are 4.5-10 cm long and 1.5-3 cm wide, with small, scattered oil glands. Flowers with showy stamens appear from December to March. The magenta fruits are 15-25 mm in diameter and contain a single seed.

Where it is found

The Magenta Lilly Pilly occurs in subtropical and littoral rainforest on sandy soils or stabilised dunes near the sea. It is found in small numbers in widely separated localities in widely separated localities between Bulahdelah and Jervis Bay on the New South Wales coast. The Magenta Lilly Pilly is endangered, with a serious risk of disappearing from the wild within one or two decades if current land use continues.

Uses

  • Fruits can be eaten raw or made into jams or jellies.

Further information

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Syzygium paniculatum
Fruit of the Magenta Lilly Pilly (Syzygium paniculatum). Photo: Tony Rodd.

Syzygium-paniculatum
Sygygium paniculatum: leaves and fruit, fruit, flowers, habit.