Choretrum pauciflorum

Dwarf Sour-bush

Rigid low to upright few-branched shrub or undershrub. Many very fine, spiny flowering branchlets. Semi parasitic, requiring specific root associations from other species.

Additional information

  • FamilySantalaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-1.5 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesTiny stalkless triangular leaves 0.5–1 mm long, tapering to a fine point, pressed against the stem or slightly spreading.
  • Flower colourWhite to cream
  • Flowering timeSpasmodic, peaking in spring
  • FlowersSingle tiny cylindrical flowers on very short stalks along the upper branches. Leaf-like bracts at the base of the flower. Round green fruit 4-5 mm long.
  • Bird attractingFruit
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in woodlands. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useDifficult to grow due to its semi parasitic nature.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common in East Gippsland.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 David Blair ©; Andre Messina, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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