Wednesday, 11 March 2009
More on Angophora floribunda
Wanted to check up on those aerial roots. Now I see that the foliage is quite different that which Hooker presents in the Bot. Mag. Wouldn't be the first time he illustrated the wrong tree or mixup several species on one plate.
Fruit pedicellate (pedicels 0.3–1.4 cm long), barrel-shaped to cup-shaped, (0.6)0.7–1.2 cm long, 0.7–1.1 cm wide, longitudinally ribbed, disc descending, valves 3 or 4, enclosed.
Chittenden RHS Dict. says that Angophora intermedia is grown in many Cornish gardens, often as Metrosideros floribunda.
So we have a problem with homonyms here.
Hooker's plant must be: Acmena floribunda = ? Syzygium floribundum K. Schum. & Lauterb.
So it is a lilly pilly after all.
Myrtaceae Acmena floribunda (Sm.) DC. Prodromus 3 1828
nom. illeg. non Metrosideros floribunda Vent. Base name for Acmena floribunda (Smith) DC.; Angophora floribunda (Smith) Sweet. IPNI
Curtis's Botanical Magazine Nº 5480
Acmena floribunda; foliis pellucido-punctatis ovali-lanceolatis utrinque acumi-natis.
Acmena floribunda. De Cand. Prodr. v. 3. p. 262.
Metrosideros floribunda. Sm. Trans. Linn. Soc. v. 3. p. 267. Vent. Malmais, t. 75.
Back to my earlier posting about Lillypilly.
Australian Plant Census does not accept Acmena genus
Acmena DC. = Syzygium Gaertn.
All in all I'd say Walter Oate's plant was a Syzygium - that is still there - growing next to the Metrosiderus (that has abundant aerial roots).
We all make mistakes. Certainly had me confused for a while.