Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Philotheca reichenbachii

Common name

A Waxflower



Where found

Heath on rocky or sandy sites. Sydney region and north, north from Royal National Park.


Shrub to 2 m high. Branchlets rough. Leaves aromatic when rubbed, crowded, 1–2 cm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, flattened cylindrical, thick, tips pointed, surfaces prominently dotted with glands, and bristly to more or less hairless. Flowers pink or mauve to purple, darker below along the midline, with 5 petals each 10–15 mm long. Stamens with filaments fused in the basal half, the free portion of the filaments hairy. Anthers concealed by the long upwardly appressed hairs on the filaments, and with a tuft of long hairs at the tips. Flowers single or 2 or 3 together. Flowers August–December.

Protected NSW.  

PlantNET description:  (accessed 17 January, 2021)