PLANTS FOR SPECIAL PLACES
1. Shady and Wet

Bauera ruboides (pink form)



BAUERA RUBOIDES                    Cunoniaceae
Wiry bauera


Sprawling, wiry shrub with very variable growth.    Ht 0.5-3m  W.1-3m

Leaves:  Opposite, with 3 leaflets about 1cm long appearing to be a whorl of 6 leaves.

Flowers:  White to dark pink. 5 to 9 rounded petals, usually 6.

Flowering: Sporadic throughout the year, predominantly in spring.

Fruit: A capsule.







Habitat/Distribution:  Abundant from sea level to 1000m in shady, moist areas of Tasmania. Also SA,
Vic, NSW.


Useful for erosion control because of scrambling habit and ability to withstand short periods of water logging.  Tip pruning will produce a very showy, compact shrub.

Bauera ruboides (white form)



BEDFORDIA SALICINA       Asteraceae
Bedfordia salicina



Shrub to small tree. H. 2-5 m.  W.2-3m. 
Leaves arranged alternately around the stem, elliptical, 6-10 cm long. undulate with prominent veins, dark green upper surface, and silver-hairy below. The young wood is hairy white. 

Flowering in spring, when yellow daisy heads arise from the stem axils in multiple groups.  
Fruit : an achene (one-seeded dry, thin walled formed from one carpel, which does not open to release the seed.).

Habitat: common and widespread in wet gullies and wet sclerophyll forests at low altitudes.

Cultivation:  adaptable but grows best in shade or semi-shade and with some moisture. Propagates readily from seed or with difficulty from cuttings.



Shrub or small tree with slender trunk and thin spreading branches, bark grey, upper twigs
covered with white tomentum (fur).  Leaves alternate, narrow-linear to 9 cm long, margins revolute, under surfaces white with stellate hairs. Flower heads clear golden yellow, white
stalked, one or two in each axil of many leaves near the ends of branches making a showy mass but flowers much shorter than the subtending leaves. Daisy-type head with all florets tubular, head 6 mm across. Phyllaries green with white felted hairs, inner ones with shining scarious margins. Pappus bristles long, white. Flowering  December-January. Widespread in wet eucalypt forests and on rocky hillsides.
Tas endemic.

             BEDFORDIA LINEARIS                    Asteraceae
Bedfordia linearis


       EPACRIS OBTUSIFOLIA                        Ericaceae
Epacris obtusifolia
      Information courtesy Launceston Field Naturalists Club


An easily recognised Heath. Flowers white or cream in spikes at ends of slender, often unbranched stems,
30 cm to 1 m. 
Leaves bright green, ovate-lanceolate, apex blunt, ridged on lower surface, usually impressed to stem.
Flowers solitary in leaf axils and forming long spikes, corolla tube longer than calyx. Flowering summer. Damp heaths and wet places.
Tas. Vic. NSW. SA.Qld.



EPACRIS PALUDOSA                                           Ericaceae  (subfamily Styphelioideae)
Swamp Heath

Epacris paludosa
Erect bushy shrub to 100 cm, rarely to 150 cm high; stems with prominently ridged leaf scars, growing in swamps, bogs and wet heaths.
Leaves usually erect, elliptic or ovate, 5–12 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, margins minutely toothed.
Flowers white, crowded at end of branches; leafy heads, 6–8 mm diameter; peduncle 1–1.5 mm long; bracts acute. Sepals 4.5–5.5 mm long. Corolla tube 5–6 mm long; lobes 3–3.5 mm long. Anthers do not protrude beyond surrounding parts.  

Flowering: throughout year, mainly Sept.- Jan.  June - December, peak October.
Seed Capsule 3 mm long.


Tas. Vic. NSW.
Information - PlantNET - FloraOnline


Teucrium corymbosum
TEUCRIUM CORYMBOSUM                Lamiaceae
Forest germander

Erect shrub to 1 m. Toothed leaves, narrow-ovate, up to 11 cm and aromatic. Sprays of white flowers with a prominent lip are borne terminally on branches. Flowering spring and summer. 

Cultivation - hardy in most soils, but must be in shade for lush growth. Regular pruning will keep a tidy shape. Frost hardy.   Tas. Vic. NSW. SA







SOLANUM LACINIATUM                    Solanaceae
Kangaroo Apple

Although this plant often appears to be a very large herb it may grow to a shrub of 3 m tall. Leaves large, variable in shape from lanceolate, with a few coarse lobes near the base to narrow-lanceolate, 19-25 cm long.
Flowers on long stalks in few-flowered racemes, purple, almost circular, 5 cm diameter, petals joined forming a wide, flat, spreading corolla, thin and wrinkled at the margins, stamens prominent.
Fruit a drooping ovoid berry, 3 cm long, orange -yellow when ripe. Like all fruits in this family, which includes tomato and potato, the berries should not be eaten until very ripe.
Flowering for several months in summer.
Common in damp, shady places, often colonising disturbed patches 
Tas, Vic, SA, NSW and NZ


(Information courtesy of the
Launceston Field Naturalists Club.)






Solanum laciniatum

Solanum laciniatum fruits
(Footnote)
Belongs to the  large cosmospolitan family Solanaceae, with 90 genera  and over 2600 species widely distributed, mostly in Central and South America. In Australia it's represented by 23 genera and about 200 species of which 132 are endemic and 66 naturalised. The family contains many plants that are important to us such as potato, tomato, cayenne, chilli, capsicum, paprika, belladonna and ornamentals.  Some species have a high alkaloid content and are either poisonous plants, drug plants used medicinally or for the production of narcotics, e.g.tobacco.


ORNDUFFIA RENIFORMIS                                                       Menyanthaceae
Running marsh flower

Ornduffia reniformis
A perennial fleshy, aquatic herb with stems rooting at the nodes.

Ht. to 65cm  W. to 2m
Leaves:  Shiny green upper surface, kidney-shaped, to 10cm across, often floating but sometimes erect on stems to 65cm long .
Flowers: Yellow 2-4cm across, usually 5 rounded petals with wavy margins, in many-flowered panicles.
Flowering:  Spring/summer.
Fruit: An oblong capsule.
Habitat/Distribution:  Widespread in water up to 1m deep, and in moist areas to 1000m.
Also SA, Vic, NSW.
Cultivation: Would require constant moisture in full sun. Propagate from seed or by division of stolons.
Related species: Ornduffia umbricola, lax marshflower, leaves more erect and flower stems less erect. Found at a few locations on the east and west coasts of Tasmania.




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