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Lilly Pilly

Acmena smithii See leaf Drawing
Myrtaceae
Lilly Pilly
Very Common

This tree can be recognised by its broad, glossy, dark-green oppisite leaves, about half as wide as long, with smooth edges and a drawn out tip. The midvein on the upper surface is distinct and slightly sunken and the many parallel lateral(side) veins, though dark-green are still visible. The Lilly Pililly is a well shaped, hardy tree with dense shade, and makes a good windbreak. The new growth is reddish-pink. The rough bark is reddish-brown amd is shed in irregular flakes.

The cream flowers are small, but ther can be so many in summer that they cover the tree. In winter, their are many clusters of round, white, pink or purple fruit. These are edible but do not taste nice. They are food for several kinds of native birds. The fruit contains a single large seed

The species can be propogated from seed. The fleshy part of the fruit should be removed and the seed washed clean. If the seed is sown fresh, it should germninate in 1-4 months

Distribution: Wilson's Promontory (Vic) to Bundaberg (Qld.)