Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Philotheca hispidula

Common name

A Waxflower



Where found

Dry forest. Coast and ranges north of Bodalla. Most records north of the Illawarra Highway.


Shrub to about 1 m high. Stems cylindrical, slightly warty, finely bristly. Leaves aromatic when rubbed, alternating up the stems, 1–3.5 cm long, 3–4 mm wide, tips blunt to rounded and mucronate, margins rolled down, and glandular and scalloped, surfaces often finely bristly, midrib on the lower surface glandular-warty. Flowers with 5 white to pale pink petals each about 6.5 mm long. Stamens free from each other, the filaments usually hairy from the base, sometimes cohering by intertwined hairs. Flowers usually single, rarely 2 or 3 together. Flowering: chiefly spring.

Intergrades with Philotheca buxifolia.

Protected NSW.  

PlantNET description:  (accessed 17 January, 2021)