Tetratheca bauerifolia

Heath Pink-bells

Small rounded shrub with dense short, curved hairs on stems, also scattered bristles & reddish gland-tipped hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilyElaeocarpaceae (syn. Tremandraceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-40 cm x 20-30 cm
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesRings of 4-6 narrow elliptic or egg-shaped leaves 4-10 mm x 2-4 mm, broader at tip, point on tip, margins curled under, few hairs on margin & midrib
  • Flower colourDeep pink
  • Flowering timeAugust to December
  • FlowersSingle or 2 bell flowers in upper axils. Red stalks hooked, usually hairless, lengthening to 30 mm.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained shallow soils in rocky areas and open forests. Semi-shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useAttractive small plant for a shady garden. Prefers morning sun only. Cottage gardens, shaded rockeries.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions. Restricted distribution.
  • Related speciesTetratheca pilosa ssp. latifolia probably occurs in a few sites within the Shire. It is a small erect or spreading shrub with fine white hairs and some bristles on stems. Leaves scattered, paired or in rings, broad, 5-15 mm x 1.5-5 mm, margins curved under. Single pale to deep pink-mauve bell-shaped flowers, stalks hairy or hairless lengthening to 10 mm, August to December. Occurs in eucalypt forest.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Neil Blair, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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