Austromyrtus dulcis

Austromyrtus dulcis.

The Silky myrtle or Midgen berry was previously known as Myrtus dulcis.
They are commonly cultivated.

Young shrubs are prostrate but older ones may be up to 1 or 2 m high.
There are simple hairs on the young branches.
The brown bark on older branches flakes off.

The opposite leaves, in 2 ranks are on petioles up to 3 mm long.
The dark green blades are up to 3 cm long and up to 1 or 1.5 cm wide.
They are ovate, elliptic to lanceolate with a pointed tip.
The upper surface may havsome hairs that are usually lost.
The lower surface is grey or silvery due to a dense layer of simple hairs that lie along the surface.
There are dense translucent oil glands.
New growth is a deep red to maroon.

Axillary inflorescences are often a single flower but there may be up to five or six.
They are on pedicels around 5 mm long that have pale hairs.
Flowers are less than 10 mm long and wide.
The hypanthium of fused sepal and petal bases is only 1 to 2 mm long and is densely hairy.
There are typically 5 (4) sepal and 5 white petal lobes on the rim of the hypanthium.

The sepals are up to 2 mm long and the ovate petals around 4 mm.
Both have hairs
The many free stamens are inserted onto the rim of the hypanthium.
The white filaments are up to 5 mm long.
The inferior ovary has 2 locules and a single style around 3 or 4 mm long.

The fruit are white berries around 6 mm long.
They are covered in small dark bluish to mauve dots.
The 3 to 9 tiny seeds are brown.