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Hibbertia australis

Guinea-flower

Erect to spreading shrub with downy stems and star-shaped hairs.

Additional information

  • Synonymseparated from Hibbertia riparia
  • FamilyDilleniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-0.6 m x 0.6 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesNarrow downy leaves sometimes becoming hairless, 4-16 mm x 1-2 mm, rounded or blunt tips, margins curved under.
  • Flower colourBright yellow
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersTerminal, stalked open flowers to 20 mm wide, stalks 5-18 mm long. Floral bracts not leaf-like. 4-9 stamens in one cluster
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to well drained soil in wet or dry heathlands and woodlands. Light frosts. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useProfusely flowering shrub for gardens and containers. Tip prune to encourage bushiness.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist nurseries, unlikely to be available yet under it's revised name.
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Possibly occurs within the Shire, unknown distribution. Any information appreciated.
  • Related speciesRecently separated from Hibbertia riparia. Some populations of H. riparia may, on investigation, be H. australis.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Noushka H. Reiter, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 4 Maree & Graham Goods, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 02 Shining Gum Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 03 Narrow-leaf Peppermint Montane damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 28 Red Box Grassy Dry Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 22)
  • 04 Alpine Ash Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 05 Mountain Ash Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 30)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 06 Mountain Ash Wet Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 30)
  • 31 Candlebark Grassy Forest (EVC 128)
  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 32 Silvertop Ash Shrubby Foothill Forest (EVC 45)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 33 Mountain Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 09 Myrtle Beech Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC31)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
  • 10 Southern Sassafras Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC 31)
  • 35 Floodplain Wetland Complex (EVC 172)
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  • 36 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket – Central Highlands (EVC 59)
  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 37 Yarra Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 15 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket - Middle & Upper Yarra (EVC 59)
  • 39 Sedge Wetland Complex (EVC 136)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 40 Snow Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175/37)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 41 Swamp Paperbark Riparian Thicket (EVC 59)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 42 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 47)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 43 Buxton Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 44 Grassy Wetland Complex (EVC 125)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 45 Lemon Bottlebrush Rocky Outcrop Shrubland (EVC 28)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 46 Silvertop Ash Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
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