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  • Waterhousea floribunda fruit. Jardin Botanique Papeari (Photo: J.-Y. Meyer)
  • Waterhousea floribunda, Supermahina, Avril 2003 (Photo: J.-Y. Meyer)
  • Waterhousea floribunda flowers, Mahinaram, Juillet 2003 (Photo: J.-Y. Meyer)
Common name
weeping lilly pilly (English), weeping myrtle (English)
Syzygium floribundum , F. Muell.
Eugenia floribunda
Syzygium floribunda
Similar species
A native of Australia, Waterhousea floribunda grows up to 30 metres in height and has attractive weeping branches, which are used for shade and shelter. This tree has been introduced into French Polynesia and has become invasive on the Island of Moorea. The fruit is eaten and dispersed by birds; a fact to be mindful of when considering control methods or preventative measures for this plant.
Species Description
\"Tree up to 30m tall, stem diameter up to 80cm, large trees often flanged at base, branches pendulous. Leaves with petioles 2-8mm long; blades narrowly oblong-ovate to narrowly oblong-elliptic, apex drawn out to pointed or rounded tip, base cuneate, margin slightly recurved, 5.5-17cm X 1.3-5cm, dark green and glossy above, dull and paler below, main lateral veins 15-40 pairs, oil glands numerous, fairly distinct. Flowers in panicles, pedicels up to 3mm long; hypanthium campanulate, calyx 3mm long; sepals 5, less than 1mm long; petals white, 5, imbricate, mostly cohering slightly and forming calyptra which is shed when flower opens; stamens ca 3-7mm long; style 4-10mm long. Fruits greenish, depressed globular, 1.3-2cm diameter, crowned by persistent calyx lobes.\" (PIER, 2002)
Popularly used as shade/shelter in Australia
Habitat Description
Present in Tahiti and Moorea, French Polynesia. Mesic and wet low- to\r\nmid-elevation sites (mean annual rainfall > 1,500mm ; elevation < 600m in\r\nthe Society Is.) (Jean-Yves Meyer, pers. comm. 2004).
Fleshy fruits dispersed by birds. (PIER, 2002)

Principal source: Dr.Jean-Yves Meyer Chargé de Recherche/Research Management Officer. Délégation à la Recherche Papeete, Tahiti Polynésie française
Pacific Islands Ecosystems at Risk, (PIER, 2002)

Compiler: IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)


Publication date: 2006-05-08

Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2019) Species profile: Waterhousea floribunda. Downloaded from on 24-06-2019.

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Forms dense stands.
Countries (or multi-country features) with distribution records for Waterhousea floribunda
  • australia
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7 references found for Waterhousea floribunda

Managment information
PIER (Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk), 2002. Waterhousia floribunda
Summary: Ecology, synonyms, common names, distributions (Pacific as well as global), management and impact information.
Available from: [Accessed on 31 March 2004].
General information
ASGAP. guide to Australian plants. � Copyright 1995-2003 - The Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants.
Summary: Synonyms and common names.
Available from: [Accessed 9 June 2003].
Australian Plant Name Index. Australian plants, botany and horticulture.
Summary: Index of Australian plants and reference material for them.
Available from: [Accessed 9 June 2003].
Florence J., Chevillotte H., Ollier C. & Meyer J.-Y. 2007. Ardisia elliptica Base de donn�es botaniques Nadeaud de l Herbier de la Polyn�sie fran�aise (PAP).
Summary: Base de donn�es sur le flore de Polyn�sie Fran�aise.
Available from: [Accessed 20 March 2008]
Florence J., Chevillotte H., Ollier C. & Meyer J.-Y. 2007. Waterhousea floribunda Base de donn�es botaniques Nadeaud de l Herbier de la Polyn�sie fran�aise (PAP).
Summary: Base de donn�es sur le flore de Polyn�sie Fran�aise.
Available from: [Accessed 26 March 2008]
Greengold Garden Concepts, 2003. Greengold Internet Website.
Summary: Distribution of the plant in Australia (Queensland and New South Wales), and a brief description of the plant.
Available from: [Accessed on 31 March 2004].
The following 1 contacts offer information an advice on Waterhousea floribunda
Geographic region: Pacific, Indian Ocean
Ecosystem: Terrestrial
Expert in the botany of French Polynesia and the Pacific Islands, and has worked on ecology and biological control of Miconia calvescens in French Polynesia.
D�l�gation � la Recherche
D�l�gation � la Recherche, Gouvernement de Polyn�sie fran�aise. B.P. 20981, 98713 Papeete, Tahiti, Polyn�sie fran�aise
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