Eupomatia laurina (Native Guava) (Eupomatiaceae)

Eupomatia laurina  (Native Guava)

This is one of the botanical must sees of Far North Queensland. It is a true gem. Only 3 species of Eupomatia exist, two in Australia and one in New Caledonia. It is a unique genus and is considered to be part of an ancient lineage of flowering plants. So unique is the genus it has been placed into a family of its own. The flowers are like nothing else and has a mild sweetish smell. It supposedly lasts for only a day or so. With that in mind, I’ve been keeping tabs on this plant for the past few days so that I would catch it in full bloom. I was not disappointed. Plants like this are the reason botanists live.

Eupomatia laurina (Native Guava)

Eupomatia laurina (Native Guava)

The plant can be quite nondescript when sterile. The leaves however are shiny and have a fleshy feel. The leaf underside is paler green and the veins join to form loops within the leaf margin. The fruits are reputably edible, particularly the pulp that surrounds the seeds. I’ll get my hands on that once fruits arrive.

Eupomatia laurina (Native Guava)

Eupomatia laurina (Native Guava)

Eupomatia laurina

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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