Cryptandra amara Sm.

Bitter Cryptandra

Spiny shrub to 1 m tall, often densely branched. Leaves cylindrical to obovate or elliptic, 2-6 mm long, 1-3 mm wide, sometimes hairy below; stipules linear, 1 mm long. Flowers few to many in long-lasting spike-like clusters, sometimes solitary, white to reddish; mostly winter to spring. Bracts broad.

Available as various habit forms, the most popular being a dwarf variant, 'Nana'. Int. c.1980.

SA, E Australia.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rhamnaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Rhamnaceae
genus        Cryptandra Sm.