Scientific Name:
Syzygium P.Browne ex Gaertn., Fruct. Sem. Pl. 166 (1788), nom. cons.
  • = Acmena DC. (1828)
  • = Cleistocalyx Blume (1850)
  • = Piliocalyx Brongn. & Gris (1865)
  • = Waterhousea B.Hyland, 9: 138 (1983)
Vernacular Name(s):
Lilly pilly; Rose apple

Usually trees, sometimes shrubs, nearly always glabrous.  Lvs opposite, often glandular.  Infl. usually terminal, cymose or paniculate, sometimes fls solitary, sometimes cauliflorous;  bracteoles mainly inconspicuous and fugaceous; pseudopedicel mostly present.  Hypanthium obovoid-clavate, turbinate, obconic or campanulate, sometimes produced beyond ovary;  calyx lobes 4–5, often inconspicuous.  Petals 4–5, often forming a calyptrum, generally caducous. Stamens numerous, in several to many whorls, free, > petals, much incurved in bud;  anthers variable;  anther sacs usually parallel.  Ovary 2–(3)-celled, with tissue often spongy;  ovules few to many;  style often long and exserted.  Fr. baccate, globular to subcylindric, ellipsoid, obovoid, 1–2-seeded.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Syzygium P.Browne ex Gaertn.
Indigenous (Endemic)1
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
Exotic: Casual2
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Sykes, W.R.; Garnock-Jones, P. J. 1979: A new combination in Syzygium for Eugenia maire (Myrtaceae) of New Zealand. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 60: 396–401.