Nematolepis squamea ssp. squamea


Spreading to erect shrub or small tree, branchlets angular, young growth scaly, silvery or rusty

Additional information

  • SynonymPhebalium squamea
  • FamilyRutaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size5-12 m x 2-4.5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesGlossy, lance-shaped to elliptic, aromatic mid to deep green leaves 3-10 cm x 10-22 mm, silver scales and prominent midrib below, tip blunt to finely pointed.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersProfuse 5-20-flowered clusters of open flowers to 15 mm wide
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soil in gullies of tall forest and rainforest. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useAttractive screening shrub for cool moist gardens.
  • Commercially availableNot known
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria, known possibly from one site in Yarra Ranges.
  • Related speciesNematolepis squameum ssp. retusum is a smaller shrub more common in the nursery trade.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Russell Best, Natureshare ©;3 Marilyn Bull ©

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