Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Tetratheca rupicola

Common name

A pink bells



Where found

Dry forest, heath, and rocky areas. Mainly ranges north from west of Wollongong. Occasionally elsewhere.


Shrub usually to 0.4 m high. Stems cylindrical or 4-angled, sparsely hairy to hairy with white or grey hairs, or the stems hairless and warty. Leaves usually in whorls of 4–6, rarely alternating up the stems, opposite each other, or in whorls of 3 near the base of the branches, 0.5–1.5 cm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, hairless or glandular-hairy, margins rolled down. Flowers deep lilac-pink, with 4 petals each 6–15 mm long. Ovary hairy with shining white hairs, or hairless. Flowers single, on stalks usually 7-13 mm long. Flowering: mostly October–December.

Family was Tremandraceae. 

PlantNET description: (accessed 9 February, 2021)