Archirhodomyrtus beckleri

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Archirhodomyrtus beckleri
Small Leaved Myrtle.jpg
Small-leaved Myrtle near Kendall, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Archirhodomyrtus
Species: A. beckleri
Binomial name
Archirhodomyrtus beckleri
(F.Muell.) A.J.Scott

Archirhodomyrtus beckleri, the "small-leaved myrtle," or "rose myrtle," is a shrub or small tree native to rainforest areas of eastern Australia.

Rose myrtle leaves are 2–8 cm long and 1.5-2.5 cm wide, lanceolate, glossy and pleasantly fragrant when crushed. Flowers are 1 cm across, white, mauve or pink. The edible berry is 0.5-0.8 cm across, globular, yellow orange or red, containing numerous small seeds.[1]

Uses[edit]

The berry has a pleasant aromatic flavor reminiscent of Brazilian cherry. It can be eaten out-of-hand or used in sauces and preserves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliot, W.R., and Jones, D.L., Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants, 1982, ISBN 0-85091-143-5