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Eupomatia laurina

It belongs to one of the ancient lineages of flowering plants. The whole genus includes just two other species, each endemic to widely separated locations in Australia.

The flowers have a sweet, fruity fragrance that is quite pervasive. Each flower lasts only one day and is pollinated by small brown weevils which are attracted by the perfume.

Fruits ripen in winter and are ready to eat when they are soft to squeeze. They can be used in jams and jellies, and are quite good to eat raw, although the seeds are a bit of a nuisance. The whole fruit can be dried, crushed and used to flavour foods such as ice cream.

It will add a subtropical feel to your garden and will grow in sun or shade in most soils. The fruit will also attract fruit-eating birds and animals. In dry periods, mulching and additional watering will keep it in peak condition. It is also successful as a container plant both indoors and outdoors.

Common namebolwarra, copper laurel, native guava
Scientific nameEupomatia laurina R.Br.
FamilyEupomatiaceae
Etymology

Genus: From the Greek eu, well; pomatos, a lid or cover; referring to the bracts which are fused into a deciduous cap.

Species: From Latin, laurus - the laurel or bay tree for its similarity.

DistributionOccurs in New Guinea and eastern Australia as far south as Nowa Nowa in Victoria.
Native habitatUsually an understorey plant often on the margins of rainforests and in moist eucalypt forests.
DescriptionA shrub to small tree, usually growing between 3-5 m tall although larger specimens may attain 15 m.
Flowering/fruitingCreamy-white sea-anemone-like flowers appear in spring and summer, with fruits ripening in winter.
Location in gardenYou can find these plants in Bed 2 in the Connections Garden and in Bed 257 in the Fruit Loop.
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