There are five species of Tetratheca in Tasmania; all have similar attractive flowers:
T. labillardierei (pictured left)
Lilac Bells/Black Eyed Susan
T. gunnii Shy Susan
(Lilac Bells) is a common component of woodlands and heathlands especially
on sandy soils. Leaves narrowly ovate, slightly narrowed into very short
stalk, glandular, margins slightly revolute or toothed and is a much-branched
undershrub to 60 cm; leaves, stems, flower stalks and calyces glandular
hairy. Flowers mauve, stalked, like those of T.pilosa but larger and with
persistent sepals. Flowering spring-summer and widespread from sea level
to mountain foothills. Tas. Vic.
T. pilosa (Black-eyed Susan) is also a shrubby plant to 60 cm. and widespread in heaths and dry forests. Mauve or purple flowers, 4 petals, black stamens, often crowded along the upper part of the stem forming showy heads. Sepals lost as flower opens. Leaves narrow-linear, about 10 mm long. glabrous or hairy, soft with recurved margins. Tas. Vic. NSW. SA
T. procumbens is like T. pilosa but all parts very small, to 10 cm high. Some botanists view it as a small form of T. pilosa. Found in wet forests and montane. Tas. endemic.
T. cillata is a rare species which may be found at Green’s Beach near the Asbestos Range National Park, northern Tasmania. Tas. endemic.
are maximised. (from a report by R. Skabo)
Is unusual in the genus in that it grows in rocky high-energy flood prone areas along rivers in Tasmania. The stems are very flexible and can almost be tied in a loose knot without breaking.
Information Tasmanian Herbarium
||LUZULA Spp .
(Luzula flaccida pictured)
Luzula sp. A small rush-like plant with flat more or less hairy leaves. Flower heads terminal, stalked either solitary or several in a loose umbel according to species. Heads
globose or ovoid in shades of brown and cream. Each flower head consists of many flowers each surrounded by papery bracts, each flower with a perianth of 6 papery
segments, 3 or 6 stamens and 1-celled ovary. Fruit a small nut. Luzula differs from rushes (Juncus spp.) in having hairy leaves and one chambered 3-seeded fruits. The genus is under revision and the number of species in Tasmania is greater than previously thought.
Various common species exist throughout the State. Most species flowering in spring-summer.
Common throughout Australia
Information courtesy of Launceston Field Naturalists Club.
Purple Coral Pea (Pontos Hill form)
Variable shrub or scrambling vine, capable of climbing or trailing.
Ht 2-4m. W.2-3m.
Leaves: Single, 2-5cm, lanceolate with prominent central and side veins, dark green upper surface, lighter lower surface.
Flowers: Long showy purple sprays arising from the leaf axils.
Flowering sporadic but mainly winter/spring.
Fruit: Long, flat, grey-brown pod.
Habitat/Distribution: Only known from dry hillsides around Sorell. Also SA, Vic, NSW, Qld.
Information Tasmanian's Natural Flora
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