A wonderful rainforest tree with lovely blossoms that superficially resemble the Ball Nut (Calophyllum inophyllum). The Ball Nut however, has very different leaf features.
The Daintree Penda looks very much like some of the larger Lily Pillies (Syzygium spp.) in the dark glossy leaves but with the notable exception that it has alternate leaves. It’s most distinctive feature is the purple young leaves and shoots, which makes it recognizable even when it is not in flower. The fruits are two or three lobed.