Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network


Austromyrtus gonoclada (now Gossia) Angle-stemmed myrtle

austromyrtus gonoclada
In this issue of the newsletter we are featuring Austromyrtus gonoclada as the plant in profile. It naturally occurs as a small tree in riverine rainforest. This type of rainforest has been cleared almost toextinction in South-East Queensland. Since the publication of a newspaper article in the Courier Mail on the 2nd November, 1995 three more individuals of this species have been located, one more in Logan City and two more along Oxley Creek on Brisbane City Council land.

This rare and endangered species is currently the focus for a conservation recovery plan and strategies are being prepared to bring it back from the edge of extinction. The initial work for this plan involves trying to identify all the remaining individual trees left in the wild. BRAIN has undertaken one official (and several unofficial) remnant vegetation survey trips to catalogue the species occurring in the rainforest remnants along Oxley Creek and to note any occurrences of Austromyrtus gonoclada. Substantial amounts of remnant vegetation remain to be surveyed and there is good possibility that more Austromyrtus's will be located. If you would like to come along on a survey trip and have a look at some native vegetation, learn a few species aor maybe discover a endangered species just give us a call.

Austromyrtus gonoclada (Aust-row-mer-tus gon-o-clad-a)

Australis: meaning southern; myrtus: meaning myrtle (had similarity to an English tree called 'myrtle'); gonoclada: meaning angle-stemmed.

This tree can grow up to 10m tall. In Summer, small, white flowers with five petals can be seen through a mass of glossy green leaves. The little black berries ripe by Winter. When you look carefully at this plants you'll notice the branches have an angular look about them. The bark tends to be flaky and mainly looks grey/brown in colour.

This plant is Endangered. If you find it growing in the wild, you may have helped to rescue this plant from extinction, and so have saved a part of a network of a natural system.

Austromyrtus gonoclada (Aust-row-mer-tus gon-o-clad-a)

Australis: meaning southern; myrtus: meaning myrtle (had similarity to an English tree called 'myrtle'); gonoclada: meaning angle-stemmed.

Gossia gonoclada (Myrtaceae) Angle Stemmed Myrtle - Medium, dense tree to 18m in South east Qld (locally along Oxley Creek) in scrubby, moist riverine and dry rainforest.