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Tree Broom Heath

Monotoca elliptica

Appearance

Short Description: Bushy shrub or small tree, up to 4m in height.

Leaves: Oblong-shaped, usually 1-2.5cm long and 0.5cm wide.

Flowers: Usually in groups of 4-16 at end of branches. Creamy white in colour

Fruits: Bright orange or red, 3-4mm in diameter.

 

What to Observe

•First fully open single flower 

•Full flowering (record all days)

•End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

•No flowering

•Fruiting

 

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When To Look

Flowering period is from July to October, peaking in August.

Fruiting is from August to November.

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes in the timing of these events so remember to keep a lookout all year!

 

Where To Look

Usually grows in eucalypt open forests, low forests or as a cliff-top shrub.

Prefers sandy soils, so can often be found in coastal dunes on NSW, VIC, TAS and QLD.

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes outside of their known ranges so remember to keep a lookout beyond these regions too!

 

Sightings

References

PlantNET - http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Monotoca~elliptica

VicFlora - https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/flora/taxon/a4cc1323-773f-48a8-8e98-9faa4eac26f6

Wilsons Promontory Virtual Herbarium - http://wpvherbarium.science.unimelb.edu.au/flora/Monotoca/elliptica

North Head Sanctuary Foundation - http://www.northheadsanctuaryfoundation.org.au/nursery/QRcodes/Monotoca%20elliptica.htm

VicFlora - https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/flora/taxon/a0c8b368-801a-4fd9-bc60-1a8f39bd01a6

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    Coast Beard-heath (Leucopogon parviflorus) - Flower lobes contain hair and are shaped with a point at the tip of the flower.

  1. Did You Know?

    They can live for over 100 years.