Syzygium wilsonii

Syzygium wilsonii

Syzygium wilsonii

(Powderpuff lillypilly)

FAMILY

Myrtaceae

Species

Syzygium wilsonii

Common name

Powderpuff lillypilly

Flower colour; life form

Red, pink; shrub

Campus

Cairns

Description

This rainforest species is usually found as a shrub, but can grow to a small tree up to 9 m, it prefers moisture and some shade, branches often somewhat pendent. Leaves are narrowly elliptic to 19 cm long and 6 cm wide, base tends to be cordate. Flowers with staminal filaments either dark pink to purple or pale to medium pink, arranged in usually terminal clusters which resemble ‘powderpuffs’. Fruit white to cream to 2 x 1.6 mm. A hybrid between S. wilsonii and S. cryptophlebium called “Pink Cascade” has pale pink staminal filaments. There is a specimen growing near A4.