Hibbertia riparia

Erect Guinea-flower

Erect to spreading shrub with downy to woolly stems and star-shaped hairs, occasionally more hairless.

Additional information

  • SynonymHibbertia stricta
  • FamilyDilleniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1.2 m x 0.6 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesStiff, narrow downy leaves 3-23 mm x 0.6-3.6 mm, tip pointed, margins rolled under touching the broad central ridge below. Some forms have dark green hairless leaves.
  • Flower colourPale to bright yellow
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersStalkless flowers to 20 mm across on ends of short branchlets. 6-15 stamens in one cluster to the side of the ovary. Floral bracts at base of flower leaf-like.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soil in a range of forest habitats. Light frosts. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useProfusely flowering shrub for gardens and containers. Tip prune to encourage bushiness.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesThe name for this species may change in the future once a revision of Hibbertias is complete. Hibbertia australis has been separated from H. riparia. Distinguishing features are the stalked flowers and the floral bracts which are not leaf-like.
Photographer/s: 1,2 Chris Clarke, NatureShare ©; 3 Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©; 4 Neil Blair Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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