Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Petrophile pulchella

Common name




Where found

Dry forest and heath. Coast, ranges, and eastern edge of the tablelands, north from Sassafras and Ulladulla.


Shrub to 3 m high. Branchlets and leaves hairy, becoming hairless. Leaves alternating up the stems, mostly 4–10 cm long overall; deeply divided and often divided again, the undivided part about the same length as the divided part. Leaf segments clyindrical, tips pointed. Flowers cream to pale yellow, with 4 'petals', free from each other to the base or united at the base, each 6–14 mm long. Flowers in dense, more or less oval, clusters. Flowering: most of the year, mainly Aug.-Mar.. Cones oblong-oval, 30–65 mm long, on stalks 0-10 mm long.

Hybridises with Petrophile pedunculata. Intergrades with Petrophile canescens in areas of the central tablelands.

Protected NSW.

PlantNET description:  (accessed 31 January, 2021)