Beach Gardenia (species: Guettarda speciosa) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Guettarda speciosa
Beach Gardenia

©Anne Hoggett: Leaves, flowers and fruit of Guettarda speciosa at Lizard Island, Oct 2016.

©Anne Hoggett: Guettarda speciosa at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Guettarda speciosa flowers at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Charophyta
Class Equisetopsida
Order Gentianales
Family Rubiaceae
Genus Guettarda
Species Guettarda speciosa



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: This small tree is common behind Casuarina Beach.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Cribb, A.B. and J.W. Cribb (1985). Plant life of the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent shores University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.

Other references

  • Buckley, R. (1988). Plant succession under repeated disturbance: establishment and growth of strandline forbs and creepers on unstable beaches in the wet tropics, Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia, 15: 307-311. LIRS catalog number 678.
  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
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