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Monotoca scoparia

Prickly Broom-heath

Rigid upright shrub with a lignotuber.

Additional information

  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-2.5 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesStiff prickly narrowly oblong to elliptic dark green leaves 7-16 mm x 1-3 mm, pale green to whitish below.
  • Flower colourCream
  • Flowering timeFebruary to June
  • FlowersAxillary spikes of 2-9 tiny tubular flowers. Male and female flowers on separate plants, male flower longer, to 4 mm. Edible pale yellow fruit.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained sandy and rocky soils to montane levels in heathy woodlands. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden usePrickly shrub for well drained positions, useful to regulate traffic. Establishes under existing trees.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Food - fruit
Photographer/s: 1 Peter Kinchington ©; 2 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 3 Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©

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