Lophostemon suaveolens (Myrtaceae)

Lophostemon suaveolens

Also known as Brush Box, this is a common but enigmatic tree. It is very adaptable and grows as a small tree in coastal woodland and medium open forest or woodland but gets up to over 20m with large boles in wet upland eucalypt forests. Older plants can sometimes have a very charismatic branching, making it look like a giant bonsai.

When not in flower this tree can be rather non-descript. However the fine reticulate venation and mildy scurfy young alternately arranged leaves helps with identifying it. The bark is also very papery, almost like Paperbarks but somewhat more brittle.

Lophostemon suaveolens

Lophostemon suaveolens

Lophostemon suaveolens

Lophostemon suaveolens
Maturing capsules


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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