Brachyloma daphnoides (Smith) Benth.

Daphne Heath

Erect shrub. Branchlets roughly hairy. Leaf shape variable, to 1.5 cm long, 3.5 mm wide, upper surface glossy, tip rounded but with a small point; stalk short but distinct. Flowers in small groups, cream, Aug.-Dec. Floral tube to about 5 mm long; late winter to spring. Fruit about 4 mm wide, ridged.

SA, Qld, NSW, Vic

Grows naturally in heath, forest and woodland, mostly in sandy soils.

Brachyloma ericoides (Schltdl.) Sond., Brush Heath, from SA and Vic is occasionally cultivated and differs in having a whiskery tip to the leaves and bell-shaped flowers on stalks 1-2 mm long.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Epacridaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Ericaceae
genus        Brachyloma Sond.