Knee-high densely branched heath-like woody shrub often with delicate spines, found in grassland and grassy woodlands. Dull green leaves, small, narrow 2-6 mm long. Flowers fragrant, white, bell-shaped with 3 tiny pointed lobes, crowded along upper branches and occurring in spring and occasionally autumn.
Three varieties are recognised.
Cryptandra is an endemic genus of 40 species. Although not often seen in cultivation they would make good rockery plants, being hardy in most soils in full fun or partial shade.
Distribution TAS, SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, QLD.
|THYSANOTUS PATERSONII - Fringed Lilies.
Weak, tuberous twiner extending a spirally climbing stem around other plants to 60-80cm. Bears many tiny flowers over an extended period during spring and summer. Tuberous root and small basal leaves that wither quickly.
An insignificant wiry prostrate shrub, common in dry woodlands, and is only seen easily when a few pea flowers are spotted on the ground.
A prostrate shrub which forms a small mat. The red tubular flowers are usually inconspicuous, being partly hidden by the leaves. This very prickly shrub is easily overlooked. The leaves may be up to 1 cm and has a long point at the end. The edible fleshy fruit is up to 1 cm in diameter with a relatively large stone inside. Flowering is mainly in the autumn and is common on dry rocky sites in woodlands and sandy heathlands. This is a difficult shrub to cultivate either from cuttings or the woody fruit.
A member of the pea family which is very distinctive
when in flower. The flowers are mainly red with two small yellow-green
"eyes" near the centre. The prostrate branches can be nearly
a metre in length. The small black seeds, which are contained in
a long brown pod, have a white attachment. Flowering is in spring.
Widespread in dry or sandy soils, especially near the coast, but
rarely common. It is easily grown from seed after soaking in boiling
water. The plant survives for several years before needing to be resown.
|A densely branched shrub, usually
under 20 cm tall, forming a low-growing thicket. The leaves
are narrow-linear and sharply pointed with white stripes underneath.
The flowers are typically white or pale pink with the buds a deeper
pink. The small fleshy fruits are edible, and also white or pale
pink when ripe, like miniature peaches, but do not seem to remain
on the plant for very long. Although common, it is difficult to propagate
from cuttings or seeds. Usually found in the understorey of woodlands
in dry places. Flowering is in late spring.
|Small shrubby pea with slender
branches, drooping and trailing through other vegetation. Leaves
elliptical to narrow lanceolate, alternate, about 3 cm long with
slightly recurved margins and prominent mid-veins. Flowers blue-mauve,
8mm across, 1-3 in the leaf axils along most of the stem in a leafy
inflorescence. Pod 2-seeded, about 1 cm long, almost spherical.
Flowering in spring and widespread in dry grassland and stony places.
Endemic in Eastern Australia. (Tasmania, Victoria, New South
Wales, Queensland and South Australia.)
A small prostrate shrub with wiry branches forming dense mounds
and mats. Flowers are small, 3-6 together in dense heads surrounded
by brown bracts and silky hairs; the small shining dark green leaves
are about 5mm long and almost as broad with a deeply notched apex, white silky hairy beneath except for the prominent mid-rib.
A good rockery plant for temperate regions. Prefers a sunny, well drained position. Propagation is from cuttings.
MICROSERIS LANCEOLATA Asteraceae
Yam Daisy or Native Dandelion
A perennial herb with fleshy, edible rootstock.
Ht. 10-40cm W.5-30cm
Leaves in a rosette, variable but usually linear-lanceolate, sometimes with shallow lobes 6-15cm long.
Flowers: Bright yellow 2-4cm across, terminal, single hollow stalk.
Fruit: An achene 0.5-1cm long with longer pappus (tuft of bristles.)
Habitat/Distribution: Widespread in grasslands and light forest, from sea level to alpine.
Also WA, SA, Vic, NSW
Cultivation: Requires well-drained soil in some sun. Suitable for rockeries and containers. Susceptible to Phytopthora cinnamomi (cinnamon fungi).
Propagate from seed or by division.
Often mistaken for introduced flat weeds that have ground-hugging rosettes with broader leaves.