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  1. Lady_apple_fruits-_flickr_-_tim_dickson Lady Apple / Red Bush Apple - Flickr; Tim Dickson

Lady Apple/ Red Bush Apple

Syzygium suborbiculare

Appearance

Large, spreading tree up to 14 metres in height.

Leaves: variable in shape, oblong, ovate or lanceolate, usually large 7-19 cm x 4-13 cm. Leaf midrib slightly grooved, depressed or flush with the upper surface.

Flowers: Large cream white brushes with long white stamens (pollen-containing anther) 13-48 mm long.

Fruit: large, globular pink to red fruits, and often conspicuously longitudinally ribbed, 30-70 mm long.

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • No flowering
  • Fruiting

 

 

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We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold or unsuitable

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When To Look

Flowering period is from July to October, however flowering gets later in the season the further south you head from northern Australia. Fruits appear after flowering and usually ripen in October-December.

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes in the timing of these events so remember to keep a lookout all year!

Where To Look

WA, NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from sea level to 250 m. Usually grows in open forest but also occurs in or on the margins of rain forest and in beach forest. Also occurs in New Guinea.

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  1. Did You Know?

    Apart from eating huge numbers of fruit, Indigenous Australians are known to use the fruit for colds and chest congestion and squeeze the juice and pulp into their ears to relieve earache.

    Syzygium genus are a whole bunch of plants often called ‘Lilly Pilly’ and are found all over Australia and Asia and have edible fruit.