Philotheca pungens (Lindl.) Paul G.Wilson

Nuytsia 12: 261 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or subshrub, often procumbent; branchlets without dark, stipule-like excrescences, only faintly glandular, puberulous (often in grooves between leaf decurrencies). Leaves acicular, 5–15(–25) mm long, 1–3 mm wide, rigid, apex pungent, more or less concolorous, minutely glandular. Inflorescences axillary; pedicels solitary, lacking an obvious peduncle. Flowers 5-merous; sepals broadly ovate, c. 0.8 mm long; petals ovate, c. 4 mm long, white, pink-tipped on outer surface, glabrous (but minutely papillose within), not persisting in fruit; anthers not glandular beneath white apiculum; ovary glabrous, carpels free for most of their length. Follicles apiculate, 4–6 mm long; seed narrowly reniform, 2.5–4 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, NIS, Wim. Locally common in dry heathland, mallee and open-forest from the South Australian border to Bendigo area, occasionally on rocky sites.

Source: Bayly, M.J. (1999). Eriostemon. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Eriostemon pungens Lindl.).
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Rutaceae
genus Philotheca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Philotheca pungens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Philotheca pungens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia