Purple flowers, folded petals?

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  1. Snap

    Snap Seedling

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    Sorry I can't take clearer photos, the plant is down a steep embankment. The flowers are about 5-6 cm across. The petals look like they're folded. It's beautiful, is it a rhodomyrtus? TIA

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    Rhododendron?
     
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    No not a rhodie but you do raise a good question: snap is this a shrub, or a low growing plant. . Are the stems woody or soft?
     
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    @Cayuga Morning I'm saying it's a shrub. It's growing at the bottom of a gully, looking a bit erratic in structure, probably due to its struggle for light. The bank is so steep, I'm not climbing down there:smt043. Sorry, I can't tell if the stems are woody or soft.
     
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    A beauty whatever it is !
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    @Snap lovely unusual plant. Australia is blessed with many plants available from Asia as well as native plants that I am unfamiliar with and do not have access to. I will make a random guess and say it might possibly be in the daphne, or daphne odora family. You might do a search online in your locality and scroll the photos to see what you come up with.
     
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    @Jewell and @Cayuga Morning another photo. New flowers have bloomed. It appears that the folded petals are part of the opening or dying process, or both.
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    This is a stock foto of the Rhodomyrtus tomentosa. I believe that you were on the correct path with your ID. I have never seen this flower emerge from the bud, so I can’t tell if all those unopened blooms are coming or going for sure.
     
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    @Sjoerd I saw that photo too and asked if it could be the same, in a Facebook group. I'll do some more investigating.
     
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    Looks a good likeness to me.I like how the flower p petals grow in a whirl.
     
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    It's gorgeous @Cayuga Morning , some people, on Facebook are suggesting It's a Melastoma Affine. Not many have 6 petals though.
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    I think I need to ask the property owner. It's not on their land, but in bushland outside of their border... I can just see a large tree with purplish flowers behind their house.:nerdy:
     
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    I can see the likeness with Melastoma, it is after all also in the Myrtales Order as well.
     
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