WA Christmas Tree William Archer/ClimateWatcher

WA Christmas Tree

The Latin name Nuytsia comes from Pieter Nuyts, a member of the Council of Dutch Indies and a 17th century explorer in South Western Australia.

Tree or shrub, up to 10 m high.


Long thin leaves.


Orange with more stamens than petals.


Dry, papery, winged fruit.

Field Guide

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

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

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Present all year
  • Flowering typically from October to January

Where To Look

  • South Western Australia
  • Sandplains, slopes, base of rock outcrops
  • Look in areas with grey or yellow sand, sandy loams, brown sandy gravel over clay, granite, laterite, and limestone
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What Else?

It is a root hemiparasite, is photosynthetic and mainly obtains water and mineral nutrients from its hosts.