Leionema phylicifolium

Alpine Leionema (Phebalium)

Compact shrub with slightly downy stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymPhebalium phylicifolium
  • FamilyRutaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-1.6 m X 0.6-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesOblong-elliptic or narrow dark green leathery leaves 5-30 mm x 1.5-3 mm, downy white below, margins rolled under.
  • Flower colourPale yellow
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersAxillary clusters of 1-3 starry flowers to 8 mm wide masses along stems, petals dotted with oil glands.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in subalpine eucalyptus woodland. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun or semi shade.
  • Garden useVery floriferous dense shrub for small gardens, especially in cool areas but performs well at lower levels. Useful as a low screen.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary. Possibly occurs in Plant Community 16.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 40 Snow Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175/37)
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