species: Thryptomene oligandra in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Thryptomene oligandra

©Anne Hoggett: Thryptomene oligandra trees about 4 metres high along vehicle track to Lizard Island Research Station

©Anne Hoggett: Thryptomene oligandra as a low shrub near the peak of Cook's Look at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Leaves and flowers of Thryptomene oligandra at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Myrtales
Family Myrtaceae
Genus Thryptomene
Species Thryptomene oligandra



Distinguishing features

Very small leaves (3 to 5 mm long) arranged in four longitudinal rows on each twig. Growth form variable depending on location. Found as substantial trees to 5 metres tall with very twisted trunks (e.g. along track between LIRS and airstrip) to low shrubs (e.g. near peak of Cook's Look).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • 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.
  • Lentfer, C.J., M.W. Felgate, R.A. Mills and J. Specht (2014). Human history and palaeoenvironmental change at Site 17, Freshwater Beach, Lizard Island, Northeast Queensland, Australia. Queensland Archaeological Research, 16: 141-164. LIRS catalog number 1757.
  • Proske, U. and S. Haberle (2012). Island ecosystem and biodiversity dynamics in northeastern Australia during the Holocene: Unravelling short-term impacts and long-term drivers. The Holocene, 22(10): 1097-1111. LIRS catalog number 1540.