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Syzygium paniculatum

Magenta lilly pilly

About the plant

This tree is found only in New South Wales, along a 400km stretch of coastal forest from Upper Lansdowne to Conjola State Forest.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Human food
    Plant supplies food for humans
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Facts

  • White flowers and magenta berries
  • Edible single-seed fruit
  • Grows to 8m tall
  • Member of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae)
  • Threats include myrtle rust and invasive weeds
  • Estimated 1,200 individual plants in the wild

Myrtle rust

Myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) is an invasive fungal rust from South America. It has a devastating impact on members of the myrtle family. More than 400 species of Myrtaceae have been found susceptible.

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is busy collecting seeds from the Pacific region with particular focus on the Myrtaceae to guard against pathogens including myrtle rust.


Who eats the fruits?

Magenta lilly pilly gets its common name from the little pink berries that grow in clumps like cherries.

Flying foxes and rainforest birds eat the berries, dispersing the seeds.

The berries can be eaten raw or used to make jam
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Human food
    Plant supplies food for humans
  • Click on icon to reveal more