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Lady Apple

Syzygium suborbiculare

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
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Large, spreading tree, up to 14 m in height. Also know as Red Bush Apple.

Leaves

Variable in shape, oblong, ovate or lanceolate, usually large 7 - 19 cm long and 4 - 13 cm wide. 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.

Fruits/Seeds

Large, globular pink to red fruits, and often conspicuously longitudinally ribbed, 30 - 70 mm long

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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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When and Where

When To Look

  • Flowering from July to October, later in southerly latitudes
  • Fruits appear after flowering and usually ripen in October - December

Where To Look

  • Western Australia, Northern Territory, Cape York Peninsula and far north Queensland
  • Also occurs in Papua New Guinea
  • Altitudinal range from sea level to 250 m
  • Usually grows in open forest
  • Also in or on the margins of rainforest and in beach forest
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What Else?

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